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Rajya Sabha polls: BJP fields four aspirants, Congress in spot

Rajya Sabha polls: BJP fields four aspirants, Congress in spot

Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and senior journalist Kumar Ketkar were among the four candidates who filed their nominations for six Rajya Sabha seats from the state.

Farook of the JD (S) has already filed his nomination papers.

With 14 candidates, from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other bigwigs to an independent, entering the fray for ten vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh, a contest to the Parliaments Upper House became imminent today.

Two other BJP leaders Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni also submitted the nomination forms.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi approved the names for 23 March Rajya Sabha polls.

The Congress candidates are L. Hanumanthaiah, G.C. Chandrasekhar and Syed Naseer Hussain, and BJP candidate is Rajeev Chandrashekar, who is seeking a second term, as his first term as an Independent member ends on April 2. Three nominated members - actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga - will also retire then.

BJP on Sunday released a list of candidates for the ensuing Biennial Election to Rajya Sabha for different states.

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Anil Baluni, the national media head of the BJP and a confidante of party chief Amit Shah, was set to get elected unopposed from Uttarakhand as his was the lone nomination.

In terms of caste equation, the party has chose to field Naseer Hussain, a minority community leader from Ballari, L. Hanumanthaiah, a dalit from Bengaluru Rural and G.C. Chandrashekar a Vokkaliga from Hassan. Union ministers Parshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia are the BJP nominees.

BJP's resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh over a year ago has helped it secure seven seats. "Only the candidates who have ground-level support, match the caste combination of the constituency and knows what to do to win in the said constituency will be given the ticket", sources said.

However, soon after the names of candidates were announced, the Congress witnessed an internal fight with Gujarat Congress women's wing president Sonal Patel resigning from her post.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi is the party's candidate from West Bengal and he will win as the Trinamool Congress has made a decision to support him.

The Sena has 63 MLAs, but the Congress does not expect to receive its surplus votes despite the smaller partner's anger at the BJP. Former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, former minister Rajendra Singh and Sahu were in the race from Jharkhand.


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