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BJP, Congress gear up for Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections

14 March 2018

He filed the nomination papers for the election of the Upper House of the Parliament from Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the BJP has named two-time independent member of the Rajya Sabha from the State and media entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrashekar as the party's sole candidate.

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 stage is set for the Rajya Sabha elections.

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Out of the BJP's 17 Rajya Sabha members, eight are union ministers. Three nominated members - actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga - will also retire then. The biennial elections will be held on March 23 and tomorrow is the last date for filing the nominations. There are seven vacant seats in the Assembly. "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.

According to reports, Congress' decision to field its third candidate came as a blow to JDS that had hoped Congress would support its candidate, keeping the larger picture of the post poll scenario after the assembly elections in mind.

The Congress has chosen "Kannadiga" candidates as the party is planning to swing votes by playing the pro-Kannada stance to counter the BJP's Hindutva agenda.

Rane, a former Shiv Sena and Congress hand, is contesting the election as a BJP nominee, while Ketkar is in fray on a Congress ticket.

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

The Congress party has chose to field Syed Naseer Hussain, AICC spokesman, L Hanumanthaiah, former MLC and former Kannada Development Authority chairman, and G C Chandrashekar, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary and former Chairman of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB). The Congress, which has 120 MLAs, can send at least two MPs with 45 votes each. The Congress had earlier turned down JD (S)'s request to back its candidate, businessman BM Farook.

Talking to mediapersons, union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Madhya Pradesh is the laboratory of public welfare programmes where they are conceived and enforced first. "We are hopeful of winning all three sears", said Congress leader Paresh Dhanani, who is the leader of Opposition in the state assembly.

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BJP, Congress gear up for Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections