RS elections: Congress, BJP nominees to file papers tomorrow

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Congress declared names of nine candidates for Rajya Sabha, including the name of Abhishek Manu Singhvi for West Bengal. There was a request to me (for supporting Singhvi).

There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April, including 17 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 12 from the Congress party.

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.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, on the other hand, joined hands with Congress in Jharkhand for the Rajya Sabha polls after several days of parleys. Chandrasekhar was last time elected to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate but has been a vocal supporter of the central government.

State party spokesman Mr Sanjay Singh Chauhan announced that Congress would not give candidates as party legislative group made a decision to not file nomination.

The most probable names for the Rajya Sabha from BJP include - Arun Jaitley, Ashok Vajpayee, Vijay Sonker Shastri, Ramlal, Dr. Anil Jain, P Murlidhar Rao and Sakaldeep Rajbhar.

The BJP central leadership have decided to make one of its candidates form Kerala reach the Rajya Sabha as the Chengannur bypolls are around the corner.

Out of the six states from which BJP candidates for the Upper House polls have been announced, five of them are now ruled by the saffron party.

At present, the BJP has 58 members in the Rajya Sabha, while the NDA as a whole has 82 and the Congress has 54 members in the 245-member house. "It would not only be a dinner, but also showcase the strength of Opposition parties who would like to come together to form a front against the misrule of BJP", a senior Congress leader said.

Chandra Shekar Rao during a legislative meeting that was held in Telangana Bhavan.

The TRS nominees won with the extended support from Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

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