Rajya Sabha elections on March 23 as BJP fields 3 more candidates

Rajya Sabha elections on March 23 as BJP fields 3 more candidates

While the party's Dalit face PK Valera filed his nomination as an independent candidate, Sonal Patel, who heads the State's Mahila Congress, offered to resign and shot off a letter to the national president of the party, citing personal reasons to be relieved from the post.

Elections would be held on March 23 to fill the three vacancies. In case the election is necessary, it would be conducted on March 23 from 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs.

While Singhvi will represent the party from West Bengal, Niranbhai Rathwa and Amee Yajnik have been selected over many other seniors from Gujarat. The BJP had earlier announced the name of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

All candidates are required to file nominations by today (Monday, March 12). Along with Singhvi, four TMC candidates and one CPM candidate too filed nominations for elections to the five RS seats in the state. Going by this statistic, if MLAs of both the parties vote as per their party whip, both Congress and BJP are poised to win two seats each.

On the other side, Congress has also released the list of 10 names for Rajya Sabha.

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"There is infighting in the Congress and they are confused about their candidates".

In Uttar Pradesh, it could be a tight-rope walk for BSP's Bhimrao Ambedkar, who was hoping for a smooth sailing to the Rajya Sabha with support of the Samajwadi Party and Congress. However, arithmetic favours the Congress that apparently has support from seven rebel JDS MLAs, who are expected to join the party after the Rajya Sabha polls.

By fielding the three candidates L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Nazeer Hussen and G C Chandrashekhar from Karnataka, the party makes clear its intention to go for an extra seat from the state.

Apart from Akhilesh, those who filed their nominations were the RJD's Manoj Jha and Ahmad Ashfaque Karim, the JDU's Bashishtha Narayan Singh and King Mahendra, and the BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad who filed his nomination for the fourth consecutive term.

M P Veerendra Kumar, State President of Janata Dal (United), Sharad Yadav faction, is the candidate of the ruling CPI-M led LDF. The Congress, which has 120 MLAs, can send at least two MPs with 45 votes each.

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