In­de­pen­dents bring sus­pense to pre­dictable Ra­jya Sabha polls

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Saub­hadra Chat­terji saub­hadra.chat­terji@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Pre­dictable most of the times and a rou­tine af­fair that hardly gen­er­ates much po­lit­i­cal heat, the Ra­jya Sabha polls have come alive, thanks to sev­eral In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates en­ter­ing the fray for the June 11 polls.

Though the spot­light is on Priti Ma­ha­p­a­tra, the glam­orous wife of a prom­i­nent busi­ness­man from Odisha, sev­eral other in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates from Haryana to Mad­hya Pradesh have added equal fizz to the elec­tions, up­set­ting cal­cu­la­tions of both rul­ing and op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Priti Ma­ha­p­a­tra, wife of busi­ness­man Har­i­hara Ma­ha­p­a­tra, filed nom­i­na­tions on Tues­day from Ut­tar Pradesh, po­ten­tially jeop­ar­dis­ing the es­tab­lished arith­metic of bi­en­nial polls in the state. Seen as an out­sider in UP pol­i­tics, Ma­ha­p­a­tra claimed she en­joys the sup­port of BJP and some other par­ties of the state.

Her en­try has forced an elec­tion as she is the 12th can­di­date for 11 seats. The Con­gress, ac­cord­ing to an­a­lysts, could suf­fer if Priti can mop up votes across party lines.

CON­TIN­UED ON P9

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