Unopposed RS polls unlikely as BJP fields its 4th candidate

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From Haryana, the party has made a decision to put up Lt. Gen. (retd) D.P. Vats, a former director and commandant of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, who was earlier seen as close to Bhupinder Singh Hooda's Congress government in the state. Saroj Pandey who had initiated her political journey as a student leader had strengthened it as Durg Mayor and with her subsequent party and political responsibilities.

Shukla is learnt to have got the approval from Congress President Rahul Gandhi to file his nomination papers from Gujarat. L.Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrashekar-for the 23 March Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka in what seems to be a carefully planned caste balance strategy from the party.

The list contains 18 names with 7 from Uttar Pradesh.

In Bihar, there are six vacancies.

Ahead of the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, the BJP has added an element of unpredictability to the otherwise tiresome and predictable polls by fielding a fourth candidate from the state.

The sixth candidate is educationist Ashfaq Karim, also from the RJD, who runs a medical college in Katihar.

All candidates are required to file nominations by today (Monday, March 12).

However, the move to field four candidates can create trouble for Congress candidates if voting takes place. Congress party leader and former minister Rajmani Patel too submitted the nomination form.

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Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today filed his nomination paper for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from Madhya Pradesh (MP).

The election for the six seats was expected to be unopposed but the BJP on Monday fielded Maharashtra State Commission for Women chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar, taking up the number of candidates in fray to seven.

Other key candidates include a retired Lt. Gen. close to Congress' ex-Haryana CM Hooda, and two of its own general secretaries.

According to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Rana has been fielded as the party sees an opportunity for the victory of a third candidate due to the infighting in the Congress. Kirori Lal Meena and Madan Lal Saini have been named to contest from Rajasthan.

Former Maharashtra Congress leader Narayan Rane and the BJP's Kerala face V Muralidharan are the the BJP candidates from Maharashtra.

Rao hails from Andhra Pradesh, where BJP's ties with its ally Telugu Desa Party have soured of late with the latter withdrawing its members from the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre. Chandrasekhar will win only if he manages to get a section of JD (S) votes. A candidate can score a straight win with 38 votes.

M P Veerendra Kumar, State President of Janata Dal (United), Sharad Yadav faction, is the candidate of the ruling CPI-M led LDF.

Amee Yajnik and Naranbhai Rathwa are the candidates from Gujarat.

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