Rajya Sabha polls: BJP fields Narayan Rane, Rahatkar


Rajya Sabha nominations need the support of 10 MLAs. That way, BJP can win one more seat, defeating Congress's candidate, Mr Ketkar.

Gujarat Congress leader PK Valera on Monday filed his nomination as an independent candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls in the state, PTI reported. Congress leaders said its candidates were in the fray to keep its flock intact. 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.

RJD's Manoj Jha said the party had sent a clear message this time that theirs is not a party of Muslims and Yadavs only as some people have projected it. The last date to file nominations ended on Monday.

"The delay in filing of nomination forms by Rathwa was also a result of infighting", Patel claimed.

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

Veerendra Kumar today filed his nomination as an independent candidate backed by the ruling CPI (M)-led LDF. The BJP looks set to win four seats and the Congress one. All four seats are now represented by the BJP, including one by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has been moved to Uttar Pradesh, since the party does not have adequate numbers to win all four seats.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said presence of the two party members in Rajya Sabha will help in further development of state.

The term of four members of the Upper House - Rajiv Chandrashekar (Independent), Rahman Khan (Congress), Basavaraj Patil Sedam and R Ramakrishna (Both BJP) - would get ended on April 2, 2018. The Congress can also send two candidates. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP chief Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan, the party's organisation General Secretary Suhas Bhagat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and other leaders were present.

All parties have announced their list of candidates.

Here too the arithmetic favours Congress, with the party hoping for support from seven rebel JDS MLAs, who are expected to join the party after the Rajya Sabha polls. But it has just 12 MLAs in the Telangana state assembly.

The lone CPM member and the Peasants and Workers Party of India's three legislators are inclined towards the Congress and can make up the shortfall.

On Friday, the Congress Election Screening Committee head Madhusudan Mistry was in Bengaluru to conduct informal interviews with ticket aspirants for the upcoming elections.