Monday, 15 October, 2018

Narayan Rane gets BJP support for Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra

Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Charlie Simmons | 12 March, 2018, 09:25

The Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee on Sunday decided the following names for the ensuing biennial Rajya Sabha elections to the council of different states.

Ahead of the last date for Rajya Sabha election nominations on Monday, national parties the BJP and Congress announced the names of their respective candidates on Sunday.

With appeals from the State BJP leadership to field a Kannadiga, the BJP top brass is likely to name Shivamogga district BJP President Rudregowda for the seat later today.

Congress leader in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad's plea that he needed young leaders in the Upper House has come as a blessing for the young Congressmen and closed the doors for veterans like K Rehman Khan.

Other candidates include Dhiraj Prasad Sahu (Jharkhand), Rajmani Patel (Madhya Pradesh) and Porika Balram Naik (Telangana).

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The BJP, with its strength of 122 in the 288-member Assembly, can win five Council seats, while the Congress and the NCP, with 41 seats each in the Lower House, can get one candidate each elected. The arithmetic favours the Congress as seven JD (S) rebel MLAs, who had voted for the Congress candidate in the previous Rajya Sabha polls, and six independents are expected to back the third candidate of the Congress.

Right after he quit Congress previous year due to differences with the state's party leadership, the influential Konkan strongman had approached BJP. In return, Congress will support the BSP candidate from Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP central leadership have chose to make one of its candidates form Kerala reach the Rajya Sabha as the Chengannur bypolls are around the corner.

Congress is yet to name its candidate. Santosh is the nephew of the Chief Minister while the other two are from the OBC communities.

Union Human Resource Development Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar filed his nomination papers yesterday. He has now floated his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksh, and could aid the BJP's bids for re-election to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly in 2019.

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