Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

RS polls: BJP to announce candidate this evening

RS polls: BJP to announce candidate this evening

The party's choices for the Rajya Sabha indicate an effort on its part to strengthen its social equations in the states going to the polls this year and also to bolster its position in Andhra Pradesh where it has been traditionally weak.

The sources said the BJP leadership had assured Rane that he would be inducted into the Fadnavis ministry, when its expansion or reshuffle took place.

The Congress party on Sunday announced the names of 10 candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections in 7 states, approved by party president Rahul Gandhi.

The announcement came after the meeting of the BJP's Central Election Committee. "We can not say anything about the future but our present decision to support the BSP candidate is just to ensure that dividing forces like BJP are defeated", CLP leader Ajay Kumar Lallu told The Indian Express. The party nominated three candidates from Karnataka, including Dalit poet L. Hanumanthaiah and Vokkalinga leader G.C. Chandrasekhar.

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But Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is said to be against supporting the JD (S). Union human resource minister Prakash Javadekar, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, is shifted to Maharashtra. Both these parties had gone with the SP in the Lok Sabha bypolls; it was the Congress that had found itself contesting on its own.

The Samajwadis have renominated actress Jaya Bachchan for the lone Rajya Sabha seat it can win. A candidate needs 44 votes to win and Congress is confident of winning three seats comfortably as the party can count on the support of some independents and 7 JD (S) rebel MLAs.

Out of the six states from which BJP candidates for the Upper House polls have been announced, five of them are now ruled by the saffron party.

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