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Guj RS polls: Cong leader files as Independent, BJP fields 'third' nominee

13 March 2018

Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane, who switched from Shiv Sena to the Congress, will now be the BJP's candidate from Maharashtra for the Rajya Sabha polls due on March 23.

The nomination process for the elections to UP's 10 Rajya Sabha seats will close on March 12 and polling, if necessary, will be held on March 23. Discussions for an alliance for the Rajya Sabha were held at the highest level figuring Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JMM executive president Hemant Soren in Delhi.

Ketkar, a regular on TV news debates, filed his papers in the presence of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan.

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Rest two candidates filed their nomination papers as Independent. Several leaders, including Mamata Banerjee, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren of the JMM have extended support to Rao's proposal, according to the TRS. Mansukh Mandavia, minister of state for road transport and highways, and shipping, chemicals and fertilizers; and Parshottam Rupala, minister of state for panchayati raj, agriculture and farmers welfare filed their nominations for the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

With 99 MLAs in a 182-member Assembly, the BJP can easily win two seats.

"Today's episode has brought to the fore tremendous infighting in the Congress camp". Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Manoj Jha and Ashfaq Karim, whose names were declared by Bihar's Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday evening, also threw their hat in the ring on Monday, the last day for filing the nomination.

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Vandana Chavan, outgoing member of Nationalist Congress Party and Anil Desai, outgoing member of Shiv Sena will continue their term as the respective parties have given tickets to the duo. The three candidates are L Hanumanthaiah, Naseer Hussain and G.C Chandrashekar - a Dalit, A Muslim, and a Vokkaligga (a dominant OBC community), respectively.

"As part of the political strategy to counter the Congress' disruptive practices, we have fielded our third candidate, Kiritsinh Rana".

In August previous 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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Guj RS polls: Cong leader files as Independent, BJP fields 'third' nominee