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Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: Full List of 18 BJP Candidates in Fray

Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan during Parliament’s Budget Session in New Delhi Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan during Parliament’s Budget Session in New Delhi
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2018, 07:00

He filed the nomination papers for the election of the Upper House of the Parliament from Uttar Pradesh. Elections will be held on four seats on March 23.

Patna, March 12 Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today took potshots at RJD president Lalu Prasad for not giving ticket to any candidate from the Dalit community, OBCs or women, for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls.

There is a likelihood of 28 votes of the BJP which would be left after the division of votes amongst its eight candidates, being transferred to Agarwal.

Among the names cleared by the Congress are Amee Yagnik and former Union minister Naranbhai Ratwa from Gujarat, Dhiraj Prasad Sahu from Jharkhand, and Rajmani Patel from Madhya Pradesh, party general secretary Oscar Fernandes, and Porika Balram Naik from Telangana.

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The names of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Pradesh Congress Committee treasurer Guduru Narayana Reddy are doing rounds in the party circles. Monday was the last day for filing nominations. As per the strength of each party in the assembly, BJP is eligible for three seats, while the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are allotted one member each. There seems to be a fight between Congress's third candidate and Farooq. Elections to the five Rajya Sabha seats has been necessiated as the terms of Kunal Ghosh, Bibek Gupta and Nadimul Haque of the Trinamool Congress and Tapan Sen of Communist Party of India-Marxist will end on April 2.

By fielding the three candidates L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Nazeer Hussen and G C Chandrashekhar from Karnataka, the party makes clear its intention to go for an extra seat from the state.

The main Opposition RJD fielded Delhi University professor Manoj Jha, who is also the national spokesperson of the RJD. Chandrasekhar was last time elected to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate but has been a vocal supporter of the central government.

M P Veerendra Kumar, State President of Janata Dal (United), Sharad Yadav faction, is the candidate of the ruling CPI-M led LDF. It also expects support of MLAs from smaller parties- B R Patil (KJP), B Nagendra (independent) and Ashok Kheny (KMP), who have recently joined the Congress.

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