BJP candidates to file nomination for RS seat in UP

Congress secures allies for Rajya Sabha polls aims to challenge BJP-led NDA in 2019 elections

The Congress on Saturday made a decision to support Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for March 23.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has succeeded in ensuring complete local representation in selection of candidates as the party has chosen former MLC L Hanumanthaiah, AICC spokesperson Syed Naseer Hussain and KPCC general secretary G C Chandreshekar as its candidates. Stalwarts like former union minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Milind Deora and Rajiv Shukla were in race.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, on the other hand, joined hands with Congress in Jharkhand for the Rajya Sabha polls after several days of parleys. The nomination process for the elections to UP's 10 Rajya Sabha seats will close on March 12 and polling, if necessary, will be held on March 23. Union human resource minister Prakash Javadekar, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, is shifted to Maharashtra.

Mumbai: With an eye on the upcoming state polls, the BJP on Sunday announced its 18 candidates, including former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and several of its central office bearers, for the Rajya Sabha's biennial elections. "The Chief Minister has already made it clear that he would give priority to leaders who worked for the party".

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In addition, two independents are also supporting the government while the opposition Congress has 21 seats. While Jain and Rao got accommodated in Uttar Pradesh, Baluni has been nominated from Uttrakhand.

In Madhya Pradesh too, the BSP will back the Congress while in Assam, Badruddin Ajmal's All India United Democratic Front has pledged its support to the Congress. The BJP has yet to declare its nominee for the third seat.

The stage is set for the Rajya Sabha elections. State Congress leaders have welcomed nomination of Ketkar. He has now floated his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksh, and could aid the BJP's bids for re-election to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly in 2019.

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