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RS polls: Sushil Modi criticises Lalu for choice of candidates

Siddaramaiah is said to be against supporting the JD, being confident of the Congress winning three seats. DH file Siddaramaiah is said to be against supporting the JD, being confident of the Congress winning three seats. DH file
Ebony Burgess | 14 March, 2018, 00:43

Three ruling Congress candidates and one each from BJP and JDS filed their nominations yesterday for the 23 March biennial election to fill four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka that will fall vacant early next month following the retirement of members. Monday is the last day for filing of nomination for the Rajya Sabha election.

In a surprise political move, BJP on Monday fielded its fourth candidate for the crucial Rajya Sabha elections, as a result, the chances of unopposed elections are now bleak.

Ajay Pratap Singh, who has contested the assembly elections in 2003 and 2008, and Kailash Soni will represent the party from Madhya Pradesh. Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane's name also appears among the list of candidates from Maharashtra.

Sitting Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav, Meena and veteran party leader Madan Lal Saini also filed nominations as BJP candidates.

It is learnt that the party has calculated the number of votes that may be lost if Thushar Vellappally is sent to Rajya Sabha on BJP's account. Congress leader and former state minister Rajmani Patel filed his nomination in afternoon. Independent candidate P.K. Valera has filed his papers with support from Congress MLAs.

Shiv Sena nominated one candidate while BJP nominated four of its candidates.

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The BJP and the Congress have announced lists of 18 and 12 candidates respectively for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

Other key candidates include a retired Lt. Gen. close to Congress' ex-Haryana CM Hooda, and two of its own general secretaries.

His name was proposed by 40 MLAs - 20 each from the Congress and the TMC.

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. Chandrasekhar will win only if he manages to get a section of JD (S) votes.

Among the other Union Ministers who would be contesting the RS polls are Thawar Chand Gehlot, Mansukh L Mandaviya, Parshottam Rupala, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

For the two seats in Gujarat, supporters of state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and Shaktisinh Gohil were lobbying hard.

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