Weak Congress trying for RS seat in Telangana!

Carla Harmon
March 14, 2018

The sixth candidate is educationist Ashfaq Karim, also from the RJD, who runs a medical college in Katihar. BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey has been fielded from poll-bound Chhattisgarh, while party spokerperson Anil Baluni will file his nominations from Uttarakhand.

FM Arun Jaitley filed nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections in Lucknow.

Narayan Rane and Rajeev Chandrashekar are headed to Rajya Sabha, thanks to BJP.


The BJP on Monday queered the pitch for Rajya Sabha elections by fielding additional candidates in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, putting to test the attempts to forge an Opposition alliance.

In Haryana, Lt Gen (retd) D P Vats filed his papers as a BJP candidate and looks set to win hands down.

Talking to mediapersons, union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Madhya Pradesh is the laboratory of public welfare programmes where they are conceived and enforced first. "The party has allied with Bodoland People's Front in Assam, National Democratic Front in Nagaland", Khader said. Though she cited personal reasons for the resignation, sources close to her said women in the party and she herself were disappointed with the manner in which the party chose Yagnik, who is not connected with electoral politics.


Congress candidate Akhilesh Singh, whose name was approved by Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday morning, exuded optimism that he had the backing of 40 legislators and would wrest the seat by the largest margin.

The Sena has 63 MLAs, but the Congress does not expect to receive its surplus votes despite the smaller partner's anger at the BJP. But the poll arithmetic in the Bihar Vidhan Sabha and RJD's surplus votes prevented it.

As each candidate needs 45 votes to win the contest, the Congress is in a position to get two of its nominees elected easily, while its third candidate with 37 votes will have to get 13 more votes to make up for the shortfall. In total, for now, seven candidates will be trying for six seats. The Congress with 27 MLAs, is banking on the RJD which has nine surplus members with 79 MLAs. Of all, 7 seats are vacant.


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