Bihar: Rajya Sabha poll candidates file nomination papers

BJP, Congress announce list of candidates for Rajya Sabha polls to be held on March 23

He filed the nomination papers for the election of the Upper House of the Parliament from Uttar Pradesh. A Congress-supported independent candidate, P K Valera (retd IAS) also filed his nominations papers on Monday. He briefly led the state at the head of the Shiv Sena-BJP government in 1999, and then served as cabinet minister in the Congress-NCP government after leaving his old party. Each candidate requires votes of 38 MLAs.

Former Chief Minister Narayan Rane, who founded the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh previous year, filed his nomination from the BJP's quota.

In Kerala, MP Veerendra Kumar, who walked out of Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) a year ago, filed his nomination as an independent candidate.

Vandana Chavan, outgoing member of Nationalist Congress Party and Anil Desai, outgoing member of Shiv Sena will continue their term as the respective parties have given tickets to the duo.

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday.

The Congress has named Babu Prasad as the UDF opposition candidate from Kerala.

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The previous Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat was the first in two decades that witnessed voting.

On rest two seats up for grabs then, BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani won comfortably.

Syed Naseer Hussain, L Hanumanthaiah and G.C. Chandrashekar will be contesting from Karnataka.

"Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has started calling the disgruntled among our legislators", a Congress politician said from Mumbai.

The Rajya Sabha polls will take place on March 23, 2018, where candidates will fight for 59 seats, across 16 states, including six seats in Maharashtra. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao and industrialist Rajeev Chandrashekhar got nominations from Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. The Congress candidates are former Union minister Naran Rathwa-a tribal leader-and Ami Yagnik who is a lawyer and a media face for the party.

With Congress fielding a Vokkaliga leader, the JD (S) will have the hard choice of backing its own candidate or voting for a Vokkaliga, its main support base. Rana's candidature was announced thereafter.

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