Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: BJP Nominates 18 Candidates, Congress To Field 10

BJP likely to send these eight candidates to Rajya Sabha sans voting

BJP likely to send these eight candidates to Rajya Sabha sans voting

Interestingly, former Rajya Sabha member from Samajwadi Party Naresh Agarwal, who shifted loyalties to BJP earlier in the day on Monday, has openly declared that his son Nitin Agarwal will cross-vote in favour of BJP. The party has now fielded two candidates and backed one independent candidate.

RJD state President Ram Chander Purve said both Jha and Karim were chosen by party chief Lalu Prasad, now lodged in a Ranchi jail in connection with two fodder scam cases.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda has filed his nomination papers as the BJP candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat from Himachal Pradesh.

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With keen eyes on the upcoming biennial Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for the 23 of this month, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have named eighteen and ten candidates, respectively.

Baluni, who heads BJP's media departments, has been fielded from Uttarakhand while Rao, a spokesperson and psephologist, will file his nomination from Uttar Pradesh. While the JD (S) is short by 15 votes, the Congress too is short of some votes for the third MP.

Congress also seems to be leaving nothing to chance after it faced one of the toughest Rajya Sabha elections in August a year ago when senior leader Ahmed Patel won by a narrow margin. The BJP had nominated sitting Rajya Sabha MPs and Union Ministers Parshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya.

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Following Ghaziabad businessman Anil Agarwal's candidature for the tenth seat things may be a little hard for the BSP as there is a possibility of the BJP supporting the former's candidature.

The Congress on the other hand has nominated Naranbhai Rathwa and Amee Yajnik from Gujarat; Dhiraj Prasad Sahu from Jharkhand; Dr L Hanumanthaiah, Dr. Syed Naseer Hussain and G C Chandrasekhar from Karnataka; Rajmani Patel from Madhya Pradesh; Kumar Ketkar from, Maharashtra; Porika Belram Naik from Telangana and Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal. Likewise, Congress is also having enough numbers of MLAs through which it will easily retain its lone Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh.

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.

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Jha, who is the party's national spokesman, said, "Politics in the country today is a fight between fascist, dictatorial forces represented by the BJP and its allies, and socialist, democratic forces which we represent".

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