JP Nadda all set to elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Himachal

Frederick Owens
March 12, 2018

The polling and counting of votes for 59 Rajya Sabha seats will take place on 23 March and the election is significant because almost a fourth of the Upper House is going to polls and it could impact the arithmetic of the house.

Rane quit the Shiv Sena in 2005 and later joined the Congress.

Senior UP BJP leader JPS Rathore when contacted said, "In this Rajya Sabha elections, a candidate needs 37 first preference votes to emerge victorious". In such case, there would be no need for the Rajya Sabha polls as SP and BSP have already fielded one candidate each.

Union Human Resource Development Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar filed his nomination papers yesterday.

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 party high command chose to field local candidates keeping in view the assembly elections due later this year. The BJP may field either Rajeev Chandrasekhar or Vijay Sankeshwar.

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The two national parties are yet to announce their candidates for the polls scheduled for March 23.

On the other side, Congress has also released the list of 10 names for Rajya Sabha.

Elections to the five Rajya Sabha seats from the state became necessary as the terms of Kunal Ghosh, Bibek Gupta and Nadimul Haque of the TMC and Tapan Sen of CPI-M will end on April 2.

Akhilesh Yadav, who is busy in election-bound Phoolpur in Allahabad, could not make it for the filing of nomination papers of Jaya Bachchan, who, once elected, would serve a fourth term as a Rajya Sabha member.

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