BJP fields 11 candidates against 10 RS seats, forces polls Easy win ahead for 3 TMC support Thank Modi, Shah for in bag, Singhvi Raj BJP candidates files papers opportunity: Prasad
on the last day of filing nomination on Monday will ensure hectic political activities related to horse-trading, exchange of money-bags and floor-crossing in the next ten days to wrest the BSP seat.
Party sources claim that Sonkar and Bishnoi are dummy candidates and they may withdraw on March 15, the last date of withdrawal by candidates. Anil Agarwal will, however, remain in fray as its ninth candidate.
After ensuring victory of its eight candidates, the BJP with 324 members in UP Assembly along with its allies still has 28 extra votes for Anil Agarwal. In addition, the party also has support of three independents, including Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya.
It will require six more votes to make its ninth candidate sail through. With ace manipulator Naresh Agarwal on its side, the next ten days in Lucknow may witness hectic political maneuverings and exchange of money-bags in five star hotels in the state capital. Horse-trading and floor-crossing is not uncommon and the state has witnessed them during Rajya Sabha polls in the past.
Three BJP candidates from Rajasthan filed their nominations for Rajya Sabha seats on Monday. There was excitement in the air as the numbers in the kitty of the ruling party assure them of an easy win.
The first to file his nomination was national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, followed by Madan Lal Saini and Kirodilal Meena. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje was present when the three filed their nominations.
Yadav’s nomination was proposed by Arun Chaturvedi, Prabhulal Saini, Pushpendra Singh, Madan Rathore and Golma Devi, among others. Chief minister Raje was also present.
Saini filed his nomination with Kalicharan Saraf, Vas-
udev Devnani, Gajendra Singh, Ashok Parnami and Kamini Jindal, among others. Saini went to meet the chief minister at her official residence in the morning before filing the nomination.
Senior Congress leader and party Rajya Sabha candidate from West Bengal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi filed his nomination on Monday, but neither the state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury nor the leader of Opposition at the state Assembly Abdul Mannan was with him during the filing of nomination or the press conference that followed.
Interacting with media persons along with senior state Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Bhattacharya, he said the immediate issue was to deal with the divisive policies of the BJP and to do that it should be ensured that anti-BJP votes were not divided. Singhvi had been nominated and assured support of TMC.
Congress has been fighting tooth and nail, along with CPI(M) against the ruling TMC. —Arshad Ali
Union Law and Justice and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was among the six politicians, who filed their nomination for election to as many Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar on Monday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Prasad was accompanied by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, state BJP President Nityanand Rai and a host of other state ministers and NDA leaders. Prasad, whose current Rajya Sabha term is ending in April, expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah “for giving me this opportunity to serve the people once again”.
From the NDA camp, ally Janata Dal (United) has also nominated two candidates — state JD (U) president and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Bashistha Narain Singh and senior leader Mahendra Prasad, both of whom filed their candidature papers along with BJP’s Prasad.
As both alliances have fielded three candidates each for the six-seats, polling is unlikely. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Manoj Jha and Ashfaq Karim, whose names were declared by Bihar’s Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday evening, also threw their hat in the ring on Monday, the last day for filing the nomination.