Singhvi, Ketkar among 10 Congress candidates for Rajya Sabha polls
12 March, 2018, 10:47 | Author: Marjorie Miles
Party President and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao named Joginapalli Santosh Kumar, Banda Prakash Mudiraj and Badugula Lingaiah Yadav as the candidates.
A former BSP MLA, Ambedkar filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha polls on March 7.
The BSP is counting heavily on the "surplus" votes of the SP, besides support from the Congress and the RLD for the victory of its lone candidate in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from Uttar Pradesh.
Also, the party has chose to award a RS seat to former Rajasthan Minister Kirori Lal Meena, who returned to the party on Saturday after several years of leading his own outfit.
With BJP's strength of 122 MLAs in Maharashtra's 288-member state assembly, the party is assured of three Rajya Sabha seats.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been nominated from Uttar Pradesh while Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh along with Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. On Sunday, BJP released a list with 18 names, while Congress released the list with 10 names who will be contesting for the upcoming Rajya Sabha.
March 12 is the last day for filing nominations for the March 23 election to the Upper House of Parliament.
With 311 members (325 with allies) in the Assembly, the BJP and allies will be a clear victor on eight seats, seven more than the last time.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi will contest from West Bengal, where he will be supported by the state's ruling TMC. Rane had been told by the party leadership that he could not be accommodated at this stage in the state cabinet, a senior state BJP functionary confirmed.
According to a statement issued by party general secretary Oscar Fernandes, journalist Kumar Ketkar has been nominated from Maharashtra.
The Congress wanted to accommodate one or two seniors in Karnataka, while Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was reportedly against giving tickets to an outsider in an election year. The BJP has yet to declare its nominee for the third seat.
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