Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Rajya Sabha nominations: Congress' Naransinh Rathwa, Amee Yagnik file from Gujarat

Rajya Sabha nominations: Congress' Naransinh Rathwa, Amee Yagnik file from Gujarat

Union ministers Purushottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia of BJP filed their nominations from Gujarat.

FM Arun Jaitley filed nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections in Lucknow.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot threw his hat into the ring from Madhya Pradesh.

The Congress cleared the names of 10 candidates for Rajya Sabha polls in seven states, including Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal and senior journalist Kumar Ketkar from Maharashtra.

Elections will be held on March 23 for various seats of the Rajya Sabha, including five from Madhya Pradesh. The JD (U) has in Bihar has nominated Mahendra Prasad Singh and Bashistha Narain Singh. The seat had fallen vacant after Veerendra Kumar's resignation, and he is likely to be re-elected. Independent candidate P.K. Valera has filed his papers with support from Congress MLAs.

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For a candidate to win, 37 first preference votes are required.

There was speculation that the BJP may ask some of its leaders to withdraw from the contest.

Today is the last date for filing the nominations. With Sachin Pilot, a Gujjar, leading the Congress, the BJP is trying to consolidate the Meena community, said BJP sources. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Patel and state party president Jitu Vaghani, who is also an MLA, held a meeting. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in June 2009 and was against re-elected in 2010.

Each candidate require 44 votes in the 225 member in the Assembly.

Meanwhile, the BJP has reportedly made a decision to field Rajiv Chandrashekar, who hails from Kerla, as its candidate due to pressure from the RSS. Hence, Congress president Ashok Chavan is trying for unopposed elections. Yet, it wants to field the candidate because it does not want the TRS to walk away with three RS seats just like that with the support of defected MLAs and MIM support.

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Rane quit the Shiv Sena in 2005 and later joined the Congress.

Two other BJP leaders Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni also submitted the nomination forms. The BJP looks set to win four seats and the Congress one.

In Kerala, MP Veerendra Kumar, who walked out of Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) past year, filed his nomination as an independent candidate.

The election has been necessitated to fill the vacancies arising out of retirement of incumbent members Basawaraj Patil, Rahman Khan and R. Ramakrishna of the Congress, and Chandrasekhar.

Anil Baluni, the national head of the BJP's media wing, has been named from Uttarakhand, while Saroj Pandey, who is presently the general secretary of the party, has been named from Chhattisgarh.

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