Rajya Sabha polls: BJP, Congress, RJD, TRS, JD-U announce candidates

12 March, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Rajya Sabha polls Narayan Rane among 18 BJP candidates announced

State party spokesman Mr Sanjay Singh Chauhan announced that Congress would not give candidates as party legislative group made a decision to not file nomination.

The Congress has only 13 MLAs but chose to field former Union Minister Naik as its candidate.

"He was reluctant to get nominated to the Rajya Sabha as his political interests lie in the state".

The Congress list of 10 candidates Sunday includes veteran journalist Kumar Ketkar from Maharashtra, and former Union minister Naranbhai Ratwa and the party's familiar television face Amee Yajnik from Gujarat.

In addition, two independents are also supporting the government while the opposition Congress has 21 seats.

Karnataka will be sending four MPs to the Upper House and the Congress can easily win two seats but needs a few extra votes to bag the third while the BJP can win the fourth seat. Last year, Rane also announced that his party would join the BJP-led NDA.

"As it is, party cadres are not happy about so many imports from other parties getting key positions in the BJP", the BJP leader said.

Mayawati declared last week that the BSP would support the Samajwadi Party candidates in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-elections on March 11 and in return, the Samajwadis would transfer their spare votes to Ambedkar in the Rajya Sabha polls. The BJP has yet to declare its nominee for the third seat.

The Congress has named Babu Prasad as the UDF opposition candidate from Kerala.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana on Sunday picked J Santosh Kumar, B Prakash Mudiraj and B Lingaiah Yadav for the biennial Rajya Sabha polls.

The TRS nominees won with the extended support from Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

The list of 18 BJP candidates was released by the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee for ensuing biennial elections to the council of states.

Ms Pandey will be seeking her berth for the Upper House from the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh while Mr Baluni will be party candidate from Uttarakhand.

The Union Health Minister's term was scheduled to expire on 2 April.



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