Congress fields 10 candidates for RS polls

Congress fields 10 candidates for RS polls

The BJP, with its tally of 122 in the Assembly, is poised to get three Rajya Sabha seats now, while the Sena, the Congress and the NCP will get one each.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, joined the fray once again from his home state Bihar, while Pradhan, minister for petroleum and natural gas, filed his papers from Madhya Pradesh.

The biennial polls for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from UP are due on 23 March. This list is in addition to list of 8-7 Ministers and a MP it released earlier.

The SP has named Jaya Bachchan as its candidate for the polls. Discussions for an alliance for the Rajya Sabha were held at the highest level figuring Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JMM executive president Hemant Soren in Delhi.

The ruling BJP in Gujarat would want to defeat the Congress for the setback it suffered after Ahmed Patel managed to win the Rajya Sabha seat in 2017. The last date to file nominations ended on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, the BJP fielded three candidates on its mandate to counter a possible move by the Congress.

The Congress has fielded veteran tribal leader Naran Rathwa and a spokesperson Amee Yajnik for the March 23 Rajya Sabha election.

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Just a day after the Rajya Sabha polls, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will be holding a dinner on March 13 where she has invited leaders of almost 14 opposition parties. The third candidate is Kiritsinh Rana, a former Gujarat minister. However, the fight will be between the third candidate of the Congress and JDS's Farooq.

The BJP said Valera's action revealed the "infighting" within the Congress party.

Former Mahila Morcha leader Saroj Pande is the BJP nominee from Chhattisgarh.

Mr Rane resigned from the Congress in September previous year to form his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, and allied with the NDA government.

While Jaitley was nominated from Uttar Pradesh, Javadekar was shifted to his home state Maharashtra from Madhya Pradesh.

Syed Naseer Hussain, L Hanumanthaiah and G.C. Chandrashekar will be contesting from Karnataka. However, with no choice left, the JD (S) now makes a plan forward, to get ahead with the political game. Dhiraj Prasad Sahu will contest from Jharkhand, Rajmani Patel from Madhya Pradesh, and Porika Blaram Naik from Telangana.

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