BJP to withdraw Vijaya Rahatkar's name from Rajya Sabha election

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

Elections to the five Rajya Sabha seats has been necessitated 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. However, the BJP later made a decision to drop Ms Rahatkar from the election race.

Extending his best wishes to BJP National General Secretary Saroj Pandey on her filing nominations for Rajya Sabha, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said now that the nomination process has been completed, it is for sure that she will be elected to Rajya Sabha. Eventually, the Returning Officer ruled in favour of Rathwa and accepted his nomination form. Surprisingly, BJP leader and former minister Kiritsinh Rana too arrived with the saffron party's mandate.

A day after the Shiv Sena asked how Narayan Rane can be BJP's candidate for the Rajya Sabha when he is not even a member of that party, the BJP today sought to know why the Sena has become panicky over Rane's candidature. "Earlier also BJP played this lowly game during Ahmed Patel ji's election and now again, but Rathwa ji's nomination is absolutely correct and he will win comfortably", Surjewala said. Similarly in Maharashtra where it is assured of 3 seats, the BJP has fielded 4. The Shiv Sena has 63 members which means it has a surplus of 21 votes after it elects one of its candidates.

Former Union Minister Naranbhai Rathwa, who represented Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency in Gujarat for the five terms, was also nominated along with Congress leader and prominent lawyer Amee Yajnik from Gujarat.

Five in fray for four Rajya Sabha seats in Karnataka
Rana and Valera also filed their nominations during the last half-an-hour allotted for the objective . The BJP has fielded Rajeev Chandrasekhar , while the JD (S) has fielded businessman BM Farooq.

Two days before the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations, a Maharashtra minister today said the BJP was keen to ensure unopposed election to six seats from the state, as seven candidates are in fray for the March 23 polls.

Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil told the media: "In the end, it is Satyameva Jayate (victory for truth)".

If reports are to be believed, the party has chose to replace Rathwa with Shukla at the instructions of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The Congress also chose to back Independent candidate PK Valera.

The third candidate of the Congress is expected to emerge victorious with the likely support of seven JD (S) rebels and B R Patil of the Karnataka Janata Paksha, independent MLA B.R. Nagendra, and Ashok Kheny (Karnataka Makkala Paksha).

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