Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR – 2020, a joint military training exercise
between India & United Kingdom (UK) culminated
at West down Camp, Salisbury Plains Training Area, UK.
The fifth edition of the exercise included joint training in urban
and semi urban areas.
As part of the exercise, important lectures, demonstrations and
drills related to counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations were
rehearsed and executed jointly.
THE MEMBERS OF RAJYA SABHA
The Rajya Sabha seat quota for each state is fixed as per Schedule
4 of the constitution.
Elections to 1/3 of these seats occur every 2 years.
Let’s take an example of a state where there is Rajya Sabha
election for 4 seats. Let there be only two parties in the legislative
assembly. Party A has 150 seats and party B has 60 seats. Both parties can
field three candidates each for the four Rajya Sabha seats.
To win a Rajya Sabha seat, a candidate should get a required number
of votes. That number (quotient) is found out using the below formula.
Quotient = Total number of votes divided by (Number of Rajya Sabha
seats + 1 ) + 1.
In the illustrated case, a candidate requires (210/5)+1, i.e.. 43
votes to win.
NB: Members don’t vote for each seat. If that had been the case
then only the ruling party representatives would make it through.
Rather, the members give preferences for each candidate (as 1, 2,
3, 4, 5 and 6). If 43 or more members choose a candidate as their first
choice, he gets elected.
So the Party B (opposition party in Lok sabha assembly) with 60
seats can get one member elected if the members give preference for a
candidate as first preference. The ruling party (Party A) on the other
hand can get 3 members elected (129 votes from their 150 members).