Narayan Rane Among BJP's 18 Rajya Sabha Candidates
Narayan Rane Among BJP's 18 Rajya Sabha Candidates
Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi
12 March, 2018, 09:27
The name of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, besides a number of other Union ministers had figured in the first list of candidates announced on March 7. "The Chief Minister has already made it clear that he would give priority to leaders who worked for the party".
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday approved ten names to contest for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections.
Earlier on Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Trinamool Congress will back Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, former minister Rajendra Singh and Sahu were in the race from Jharkhand.
According to a statement issued by party general secretary Oscar Fernandes, journalist Kumar Ketkar has been nominated from Maharashtra. Congress spokesperson Satyavrat Chaturvedi, who is among the five retiring members, could not make to the list. The JD (S), with 30 MLAs excluding the seven rebels, was hoping that the Congress, which has 32 additional votes, would come to its rescue keeping postassembly election scenarios in mind. Congress Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh and state Congress chief Ajoy Kumar confirmed that the name of the candidate from Jharkhand will be announced soon. In fact the Congress has cleverly left it to Vokkaliga MLAs of the JD (S) to choose between a Vokkaliga of the Congress and a Muslim of the JD (S). The JD (S) will have the hard choice of backing its own candidate or voting for a Vokkaliga, its main support base.
In the Assembly, the PWP and the Bahujan Vikas Agadhi (BVA) have three MLAs each, the AIMIM has two, and the MNS, the Samajwadi Party, the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, the CPM and the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP) have one each, while there are seven Independents.
The Congress's decision to field a candidate in Telangana is surprising as it is in not a position to win a seat. While eight candidates of the BJP can cruise along easily, it will have 28 more votes and if it can ensure cross-voting by nine more members, its ninth candidate can also get elected.
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