Arun Jaitley Files Nomination Papers For Rajya Sabha Polls From Uttar Pradesh

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BJP state General Secretary N Ravikumar has made a controversial statement by calling Dakshina Kannada district incharge Minister Ramanath Rai, and Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader "terrorists".

Whereas the BJP has re-nominated Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot from the seat, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was fielded from Madhya Pradesh for the first time.

The BJP, which re-nominated its Union ministers to Rajya Sabha last week, announced a list of 18 candidates that include some fresh faces and some newly inducted veterans, with an eye on caste representation. The seat had fallen vacant after Veerendra Kumar's resignation, and he is likely to be re-elected.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election from UP.

In terms of caste equation, the party has chose to field candidates from minority (Naseer Hussain - Ballari), Dalit (L Hanumanthiah - Bengaluru Rural) and dominant Vokkalinga community (G C Chandrashekar-Hassan). At present, the opposition Congress and the NCP hold two seats each, while the Shiv Sena and the BJP have apiece each of these six seats of the Upper House of Parliament.

Narayan Rane and Rajeev Chandrashekar are headed to Rajya Sabha, thanks to BJP. A candidate can score a straight win with 38 votes.

Rupala, Mandavia, and Yagnik filed their nominations well before the Election Commission's 3 pm deadline.

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. Hence, Congress president Ashok Chavan is trying for unopposed elections. As of now there are seven candidates in the fray for six seats from Maharashtra.

With their current strength in the assembly, two candidates of the Congress and one from BJP can get elected comfortably.

Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni will contest from Madhya Pradesh.

The BJP can not win the fourth seat even with the excess Sena votes, but there are smaller parties and Independents to tap.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had fielded Manoj Jha and Ashfaque Karim as Rajya Sabha candidates.

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