Two RJD candidates file nomination papers for RS polls

Amitabh Bachchan with his wife Jaya Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan with his wife Jaya Bachchan

Talking to mediapersons, union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Madhya Pradesh is the laboratory of public welfare programmes where they are conceived and enforced first. The seat had fallen vacant after Veerendra Kumar's resignation, and he is likely to be re-elected.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot threw his hat into the ring from Madhya Pradesh. Mansukh Mandavia, minister of state for road transport and highways, and shipping, chemicals and fertilizers; and Parshottam Rupala, minister of state for panchayati raj, agriculture and farmers welfare filed their nominations for the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Both the parties are in a position to send two candidates each to the Rajya Sabha, as the minimum number of votes required per candidate is 38. Veerendra Kumar's term would have expired in April 2022.

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Each candidate require 44 votes in the 225 member in the Assembly. Each candidate requires 42 votes to get elected.

All six candidates are contesting without any opposition so their election is a foregone conclusion.

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi is the party's candidate from West Bengal and he will win as the Trinamool Congress has chose to support him. Meanwhile, the BJP fielded former MLA Kiritsinh Rana as a "third candidate". The NDA would still need 11 more and may place its hopes on engineering cross voting from Congress through former PCC president Ashok Choudhary, who joined JD (U) recently. "This would help us win the third seat as well", said deputy chief minister Nitin Patel. By picking Muraleedharan, who belongs to the same community as that of Thushar, BJP is seeking to silence any allegations that may come up if a person from another community is fielded instead of Thushar. For now, the Congress holds two of these seats, NCP also holds two seats while the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena share the remaining two.

FM Arun Jaitley filed nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections in Lucknow.

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He also congratulated the elected MLAs from the CPI (M) and urged everyone to work together for the development of the state. The BJP government took charge of the state after getting 2/3 majority in assembly elections.

The other candidates include: Saroj Pandey from Chhattisgarh; Anil Baluni from Uttarakhand; Kirori Lal Meena and Madan Lal Saini from Rajasthan; V Muralidharan from Maharashtra; Rajeev Chandrasekhar from Karnataka and Sameer Uranv from Jharkhand. The BJP looks set to win four seats and the Congress one. The Congress is not contesting the elections from the state.

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