BJP rewards spokespersons, bows to local factors in Rajya Sabha candidates' list

BJP rewards spokespersons, bows to local factors in Rajya Sabha candidates' list

While the BJP retained Rupala and Mandaviya, it dropped MP Shankarbhai Vegad and moved Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to Uttar Pradesh.

Muraleedharan would file his nomination to contest for the RS seat on Monday.

At present, the opposition Congress and the NCP hold two seats each, while the Shiv Sena and the BJP have apiece each of these six seats of the Upper House of Parliament.

According to an announcement by the BJP general secretary J P Nadda here on Sunday, Mr Rane, a former Sena leader and who was also with Congress since 2005, will be BJP candidate from Maharashtra.

Rest two candidates filed their nomination papers as Independent. Both the parties are in a position to send two candidates each to the Rajya Sabha, as the minimum number of votes required per candidate is 38.

Citing reasons for joining BJP, Mr Chandrasekhar said he had a limitation an independent lawmaker had, unlike being a Parliamentarian representing a political party, which carries a lot of weight in the public domain.

"There is infighting in the Congress and they are confused about their candidates".

Voting is likely to be held on Mar 23. Senior UP BJP leader JPS Rathore when contacted said, "In this Rajya Sabha elections, a candidate needs 37 first preference votes to emerge victorious". TMC chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced her party's support to Congress Rajya Sabha nominee Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

It is worth mentioning here that Election Commission of India had announced the programme for the Biennial Elections to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) to fill the seats of members retiring in April-May 2018. March 15 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature. "We have chose to join hands with the secular forces against the oppressive and communal politics and chose to vote for the BSP candidate", Lallu said, adding that the central leadership of the party has been apprised of the decision and they have supported it. The third candidate is Kiritsinh Rana, a former Gujarat minister.

In August past year, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel struggled but managed to to retain his Rajya Sabha seat against the backdrop of resignation and cross-voting by some Congress MLAs.

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