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Rajya Sabha polls: TDP files nominations for just two seats

Rajya Sabha polls: TDP files nominations for just two seats

In Rajasthan, the BJP got a shot in the arm, with tribal leader and MLA Kirori Lal Meena coming back to the party along with with two National People's Party (NPP) MLAs and filing nomination for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections. And this time too it seems to be headed the same way.

On the last day to file nomination papers for the six Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar, senior BJP leader and Central Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, along with JD-U's Vashisht Narayan Singh and Mahendra Prasad, Congress leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh, and RJD's Ashfaque Karim and Manoj Jha, on Monday completed the formality in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Rabri Devi, and other party leaders. Former home minister Rajni Patel has also filed his nomination as a back-up candidate for BJP.

Monday was the last day for filing nominations, which can be withdrawn by March 15.

Since the BSP has only 19 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and will not be able to win a seat on its own, it has been assured of the support of the Samajwadi Party following an understanding between former chief ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.

Congress also seems to be leaving nothing to chance after it faced one of the toughest Rajya Sabha elections in August a year ago when senior leader Ahmed Patel won by a narrow margin.

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Union ministers Purushottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia of BJP filed their nominations from Gujarat. The BJP looks set to win four seats and the Congress one.

The Congress had 42 votes but veteran Patangrao Kadam's death a few days ago and the indisposition of Swarup Singh Naik have brought its effective strength down to 40. The NDA now has 83 members in the 245 member Rajya Sabha.

Rathwa said that there was some confusion about his voter's certificate but the issue had been resolved.

The other BJP candidates who filed their nominations were Samajwadi Party turncoat Ashok Bajpai, GVL Narasimha Rao, Harnath Singh Yadav, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam and Anil Jain. "We are hopeful of winning all three sears", said Congress leader Paresh Dhanani, who is the leader of Opposition in the state assembly. In keeping with the BJP's strength in the state Assembly, three candidates of the party can be elected with the help of a few independents and small parties.

Finance Minister Jaitley, a sitting member of the Upper House from Gujarat, was among the 11 BJP nominees who filed their papers from Uttar Pradesh. If any candidate does not get 41 votes of first preference, Ms Rahatkar will get all the BJP and Sena MLAs' votes of second preference and might win the elections, according to a BJP leader.


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