RS polls: BJP to announce candidate this evening

RS polls: BJP to announce candidate this evening

BJP's resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh over a year ago has helped it secure seven seats.

Senior BJP leaders Thawar Chand Gehlot, Dharmendra Pradhan, Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni along with Congress's Rajmani Patel on Monday filed their nominations for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections from Madhya Pradesh.

It was BJP national president Amit Shah who informed Muraleedharan, who is now in Shimoga in connection with the Karnataka Assembly elections, about the party's decision on Sunday. As per BJP's calculations, if the party gets 17 additional votes for Ms Rahatkar, she has the chance of winning with the second preference votes. "The party has allied with Bodoland People's Front in Assam, National Democratic Front in Nagaland", Khader said.

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

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


But the airport authorities refused permission since re-carpeting was in progress.

Mainly because, the JD (S) had been counting on the Congress Party's support towards their candidate, BM Farookh, which was shattered away, after the Congress party announced their choice of candidates as nominees to win seat from Karnataka. JD (U) spokesperson K C Tyagi might be considered later for the seat held by Sharad Yadav.

The BJP, which has a 45-member strength in the State Assembly, can easily win one Rajya Sabha seat and the party plans to spring a surprise by fielding a party worker. Even if the lone CPI member and an independent MLA support the Congress, the total strength of the party does not exceed 15. The party opted for a tribal candidate in Jharkhand to reach out to the Scheduled tribes. BJP has nominated Rajeev Chandrashekar, who was an independent Rajya Sabha member and joined the party yesterday, and the JDS, B M Farooq. Since they are officially the Congress MLAs as per records, the party can bring a psychological pressure on them by issuing a whip to vote for the official candidate. Cut to 2010, and it had just four MLAs, which bounced back to 27 in 2015 thanks to the Grand Alliance with RJD and JDU.

A former minister of state for railways at the Centre, Rathwa had lost Lok Sabha election in 2014.

While, Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Janta Dal (United) were the other parties who announced the names of the candidates for Rajya Sabha.

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