BJP's 4th RS nomination causes flutter in polls

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

Brushing aside the Congress reverie about possibilities of cross-voting, the CM said come March 23, people will see the results.

With the bitter experience of the nail-biting contest for the three Rajya Sabha seats in August previous year, both the BJP and Congress might have avoided the risk of cross-voting by keeping the extra candidates in the fray. In addition, the party also has the support of three independents, including Kunda MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya.

The Congress' national leadership has partially endorsed Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah's selection of candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls from the state, but has also imposed a visible check on his unilateral decision-making powers.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has fielded four candidates-Nadimul Haque, who was renominated, Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santunu Sen - has announced its support to Congress' Singhvi for the fifth seat.

There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April, including 17 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 12 from the Congress party.

Kaushik while clarifying on the goof-up of purchasing nomination form, said being the State President, it is his responsibility to make preparations for the candidate on behalf of the party.

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On Monday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was the first to file the nomination papers from the BJP as Times now reported.

In Maharashtra a candidate needs 42 votes to win. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in June 2009 and was against re-elected in 2010.

"We will get the clarity regarding the number of candidates only on March 15, the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers", the official added.

At present, the opposition Congress and the NCP hold two seats each, while the Shiv Sena and the BJP have one seat each of these six RS seats.

The terms of four BJP Rajya Sabha MPs - Arun Jaitley, Rupala, Mandaviya and Shanker Vegad - will end this month.

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