Narayan Rane among 18 BJP candidates announced for Rajya Sabha polls

Narayan Rane among 18 BJP candidates announced for Rajya Sabha polls

Monday is the last day for filing of nomination for the Rajya Sabha election.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature is 15 March. "And once Congress's candidate fails to secure the quota, counting goes for second preference and we can put all our 122 second preference votes in favour of Rahatkar", said a senior BJP leader. The charge sheet also includes failure of the prime minister to intervene in the Mahadayi issue, shifting of CRPF centre from Taralu to Uttar Pradesh, BJP leaders' criticism of Karnataka flag, etc.

Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, GVL Narsimha Rao and Harnath Singh Yadav will contest from Uttar Pradesh.

The name of finance minister Arun Jaitley from Uttar Pradesh, besides a number of other Union ministers had figured in the first list of candidates announced on March 7.

In UP there are 10 seats up for grabs.

From Rajasthan, BJP has nominated Kirodi Lal Meena, who joined the party again on Sunday after leaving it a decade ago.

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Sameer Urnav will represent Karnataka while Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Sonil are from Madhya Pradesh.

Besides Union Minister of State Parshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia, the ruling BJP has fielded senior leader Kiritsinh Rana, stating there could be cross-voting due to Valera's nomination as a third candidate backed by the Congress. Rest of the papers were filed by Anil Desai from the Sena, Vandana Chavan from the NCP, and Kumar Ketkar from the Congress.

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

In Madhya Pradesh too, the BSP will back the Congress while in Assam, Badruddin Ajmal's All India United Democratic Front has pledged its support to the Congress. It also chose Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar.

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.

The JD (U) has made a decision to repeat its two candidates - tycoon Mahendra Prasad, popularly known as "King Mahendra", who is up for his eighth term, and Vashishtha Narayan Singh.

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