Pu­nia files pa­pers for RS elec­tion

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO -

LUCKNOW: Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Sched­uled Castes chair­man PL Pu­nia on Fri­day filed his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers as Congress can­di­date for one of the 10 Ra­jya Sabha seats, elec­tion for which will take place on Novem­ber 20.

As Pu­nia filed his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers be­fore prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary Vid­han Sabha Pradeep Dubey at about 11.30 am, se­nior Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) leader and min­is­ter for back­ward classes wel­fare Am­bika Chaudhary’s pres­ence there marked the party’s support for him. Since the Congress has only 28 MLAs, SP’s support is cru­cial for Pu­nia’s elec­tion.

“We wish that all par­ties fight­ing com­mu­nal forces come to­gether. A be­gin­ning in this di­rec­tion was made at the res­i­dence of SP chief Mu­layam Singh Yadav in New Delhi on Thurs­day. I am here to ex­tend the SP’s support to Pu­nia. If vot­ing takes place the SP will vote in favour of the Congress can­di­date,” said Chaudhary after fil­ing of nom­i­na­tion pa­pers.

Mean­while, se­nior Congress lead­ers Mad­husu­dan Mistry, Nir­mal Kha­tri, Pradeep Mathur and Pramod Ti­wari did not speak much about their party’s prox­im­ity with the Sa­ma­jwadi Party in Ra­jya Sabha elec­tions. “Let us not read too much into it,” said Mistry and Kha­tri.

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