After Mayawati's Offer, Congress To Back BSP Rajya Sabha Nominee

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati during a public meeting in Nagpur Maharashtra

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati during a public meeting in Nagpur Maharashtra

In a major development, the Congress on Saturday made a decision to support BSP candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled later this month. According to the offer, her party would support the Congress candidate in Rajya Sabha election in MP if all its seven MLAs vote for the BSP's Rajya Sabha candidate in Uttar Pradesh.

Former Maharasthra chief minister Narayan Rane will on Monday file his nomination papers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quota for the biennial Rajya Sabha polls from the state.

Congress is likely to support BSP's lone candidate in UP so that they are able to seal the deal for 2019.

Ms Mayawati had admitted to an arrangement of "vote transfer" between BSP and SP lawmakers for the upcoming polls to the Rajya Sabha and the Uttar Pradesh legislative council but refused to call it an "electoral alliance".

March 12 is the last day for filing nominations for the March 23 election to the Upper House of Parliament.


The BJP is expected to increase its strength as 58 seats are going for elections on March 23.

The BJP, however, is said to have been contemplating a ninth candidate also.

The BJP, which has 312 MLAs, will be able to send at least eight members to the Rajya Sabha, restricting the fight to the 10th seat.

The current term of Mr Javadekar, a member of Rajya Sabha fromMadhya Pradesh, will end on April 2. Congress Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh and state Congress chief Ajoy Kumar confirmed that the name of the candidate from Jharkhand will be announced soon.

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