March 18, 2018

Five Karnataka candidates file nominations for RS polls

14 March 2018, 09:25 | Israel Caldwell

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Politics      Rajya Sabha candidates Cong goes for new faces BJP list has some new entrants

Mumbai: Seven candidates filed nomination papers on Monday for the polls to the six vacant seats from Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha. However, there was a technical hitch in his nomination papers, with the returning officer asking the Congress leader to produce a "no due" certificate from the bank from which he had taken a loan and repaid it. Yagnik too filed her nomination.

BJP's allies the BSR (Congress) and the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), floated by its former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, have three seats and two seats, respectively. "Polling and counting of votes will be held on March 23 for all the four seats", added the official.

BJP strategists are eyeing disgruntled elements in the Samajwadi party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) along with the Congress in order to facilitate its ninth candidate to win. BJP has nominated Rajeev Chandrashekar, who was an independent Rajya Sabha member and joined the party yesterday, and the JDS, B M Farooq.

Anil Baluni, the national media head of the BJP and a confidante of party chief Amit Shah, was set to get elected unopposed from Uttarakhand as his was the lone nomination.

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, the BJP fielded three candidates on its mandate to counter a possible move by the Congress. The Congress which has seven MLAs has also chose to support the BSP candidate. Sources said the nominee could be former MP Akhilesh Singh. Former Maharashtra Congress leader Narayan Rane and the BJP's Kerala face V Muralidharan are the the BJP candidates from Maharashtra.

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The party has also nominated L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar from Karnataka, while Porika Balram Naik has been nominated to contest from Telangana.

On the other hand, Congress president Rahul Gandhi approved a list of ten candidates, which include only fresh faces as all out going members, barring senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, have been denied re-nominations. The Congress had earlier turned down JD (S)'s request to back its candidate, businessman BM Farook.

Pradhan and Gehlot are Union ministers while Singh and Soni are BJP office-bearers.

The Sena has 63 MLAs, but the Congress does not expect to receive its surplus votes despite the smaller partner's anger at the BJP. Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh, state Congress chief Arun Yadav and other leaders were present.

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