Arun Jaitley To Contest Rajya Sabha Polls From Uttar Pradesh: BJP

Arun Jaitley To Contest Rajya Sabha Polls From Uttar Pradesh: BJP

Arun Jaitley To Contest Rajya Sabha Polls From Uttar Pradesh: BJP

With just a couple of days to go for the deadline for the filing of nominations to the election for filling up three vacant Rajya Sabha (RS) seats in the State, the BJP top brass is likely to announce the party candidate later this evening.

The list of 18 BJP candidates was released by the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee for ensuing biennial elections to the council of states.

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.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, on the other hand, joined hands with Congress in Jharkhand for the Rajya Sabha polls after several days of parleys.

Meanwhile, Preeti Mahapatra, Sudhanshu Trivedi and Arun Singh from BJP are also in the race and one among them would grab the Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh.

Nearly all the candidates are certain to win due to the partys numerical strength in respective state assemblies, party sources said.

The Congress is trying to send at least three people to the upper house from poll-bound Karnataka after the terms of four members of Parliament-K.Rahman Khan (Congress) Basavaraj Patil Sedam and Ramakrishna R. (BJP) and Rajeev Chandrasekhar (independent)-ended on 2 April. He supported the NDA regime and has served as its vice-chairman in Kerala.

The SP, which has 47 MLAs, would be left with 10 surplus first preference votes after backing its candidate Jaya Bachhan and together with seven Congress and one of the RLD, the BSP would be able to get its candidate elected.

Rajmani Patel, Kumar Ketkar, Porika Bairam Naik and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are contesting from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and West Bengal respectively. He had fought a Lok Sabha election from Jhunjhunu. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in June 2009 and was against re-elected in 2010.

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