Monday, 19 November, 2018

BJP, Congress gear up for Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections

Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan during Parliament’s Budget Session in New Delhi Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan during Parliament’s Budget Session in New Delhi
| 14 March, 2018, 00:44

With an eye on the upcoming state polls, the BJP today announced its 18 candidates, including former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and several of its central office bearers, for the Rajya Sabha's biennial elections.

Elections to four Rajya Sabha are scheduled on March 23.

The BJP on Monday queered the pitch for Rajya Sabha elections by fielding additional candidates in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, putting to test the attempts to forge an Opposition alliance.

Two BJP leaders Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni will be trying their luck for Upper House from Madhya Pradesh.

Two national general secretaries - Maharashtra in-charge Saroj Pandey and Haryana in-charge Anil Jain, are also on the list of candidates.

Sitting Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav, Meena and veteran party leader Madan Lal Saini also filed nominations as BJP candidates.

From Karnataka, the Congress has nominated L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar.


Baluni, who heads BJP's media departments, has been fielded from Uttarakhand while Rao, a spokesperson and psephologist, will file his nomination from Uttar Pradesh. Congress party leader and former minister Rajmani Patel too submitted the nomination form.

It was BJP national president Amit Shah who informed Muraleedharan, who is now in Shimoga in connection with the Karnataka Assembly elections, about the party's decision on Sunday.

"MIM party has made a decision to support TRS party candidates in Rajya Sabha elections", he said on a social networking site.

After scrutiny of papers on Tuesday, all the six candidates are likely to be declared elected unopposed. Going by this statistic, if MLAs of both the parties vote as per their party whip, both Congress and BJP are poised to win two seats each.

"She had said Yajnik is not an active member of the Congress and is a parachute candidate", Doshi said, adding that Patel's allegation was baseless.

The third candidate of the Congress, which has 123 members, is expected to emerge victorious with possible support from seven JD (S) rebels and a few independent Legislators. Former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, former minister Rajendra Singh and Sahu were in the race from Jharkhand.

Heading into elections, the Congress has been cautious in its steps to include all communities to key posts from the state to highlight wider representation of caste groups, hoping that these groups would back the party at the polls.

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