BJP's 4th RS nomination causes flutter in polls

He contested 2016 Rajya Sabha elections and was defeated.

Answering a query that for the first time the party has allocated candidature keeping the caste-based equations at bay, the Chief Minister said Rajya Sabha is an Upper House, where people who have certain capabilities/ specialists and here equations doesn't have much significance.

The third candidate of the Congress, which has 123 members, is expected to emerge victorious with possible support from seven JD (S) rebels and a few independent Legislators.

Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Thawar Chand Gehlot were among the prominent candidates who filed their nomination papers for the March 23 Rajya Sabha polls in various states.

In a dramatically pleasant twist to the high drama on nomination day, election for the four Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat Assembly saw an amicable conclusion on Thursday.

Within an hour, the BJP had fielded two more candidates Vidhya Sagar Sonkar and Salil Bishnoi to take the number of its candidates to 11. The scrutiny of papers was done on March 13 and all the papers were found in order. Mr Prakash had already declared that he will field at least 40 candidates in the Assembly polls to defeat the Congress candidates. "And once Congress's candidate fails to secure the quota, counting goes for second preference and we can put all our 122 second preference votes in favour of Rahatkar", said a senior BJP leader.

The party nominated three candidates from Karnataka, including Dalit poet L Hanumanthaiah and Vokkalinga leader GC Chandrasekhar. Elections to the Rajya Sabha nearly looked unopposed on March 12 but the BJP fielded more candidates to force elections.

Election to the five Rajya Sabha seats from the state was necessitated as the terms of Kunal Ghosh, Bibek Gupta and Nadimul Haque of the TMC and Tapan Sen of CPI (M) will end on April 2.

  • Jon Douglas