Rajasthan BJP declares its candidates for Rajya Sabha elections

Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Sources in Congress party said that the High Command may announce the list of candidates by evening and the delay was mainly due to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wanted to field candidate for third seat also. There was a request to me (for supporting Singhvi).

Elections to the five Rajya Sabha seats has been necessiated as the terms of Kunal Ghosh, Bibek Gupta and Nadimul Haque of the Trinamool Congress and Tapan Sen of Communist Party of India-Marxist will end on April 2. In an announcement in the evening, the party in a release said Naik's candidature was cleared by its national president Rahul Gandhi.

During the previous biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha, six years back, the SP managed to win six seats by dint of its strength in the state Assembly, whose members are voters in the indirect poling. 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.

The Congress' support comes after BSP chief Mayawati offered a quid pro quo in Rajya Sabha elections in UP and Madhya Pradesh.

The most probable names for the Rajya Sabha from BJP include - Arun Jaitley, Ashok Vajpayee, Vijay Sonker Shastri, Ramlal, Dr. Anil Jain, P Murlidhar Rao and Sakaldeep Rajbhar.

Just a day after the Rajya Sabha polls, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will be holding a dinner on March 13 where she has invited leaders of almost 14 opposition parties.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had fielded Manoj Jha and Ashfaque Karim as Rajya Sabha candidates. The step is being viewed as Congress' outreach towards the opposition, laying the foundation of a united front in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Chandra Shekar Rao during a legislative meeting that was held in Telangana Bhavan.

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