Congress fields 10 candidates for RS polls

According to reports, Congress' decision to field its third candidate came as a blow to JDS that had hoped Congress would support its candidate, keeping the larger picture of the post poll scenario after the assembly elections in mind. Bajpai, a Brahmin leader from Hardoi, joined the BJP a year ago.

Elections to four Rajya Sabha are scheduled on March 23.

Uttar Pradesh will have 10 vacancies. The BJP's ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) retained its candidates from Bihar - Bashishth Narain Singh and tycoon Mahendra Prasad. popularly known as King Mahendra, who also filed their papers. The BJP looks set to win four seats and the Congress one.

He had met BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi last week, when he said he was offered a Rajya Sabha berth.

The last date for nominations is tomorrow. The BJP will be putting up three candidates, the Congress two, and there will be an independent candidate.

Patel's victory had proved to be a morale booster for the Congress in the assembly elections in 2017 and the party put up a good show, ensuring that the BJP's tally did not touch three digits. The BJP fielded Kiritsinh Rana from Gujarat in its bid to force a contest in Gujarat. There seems to be a fight between Congress's third candidate and Farooq.

Speaking to reporters, UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, "If you see our list of Rajya Sabha candidates, all the regions have got representation on the basis of merit".

Former Mahila Morcha leader Saroj Pande is the BJP nominee from Chhattisgarh. Kirori Lal Meena and Madan Lal Saini have been named to contest from Rajasthan.

Union HRD minister Prakash Javdekar too has filed an application from BJP, RS MP Vandana Chavan from NCP and Anil Desai from Shiv Sena. Rane is among the 18 names announced by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday.

The maximum number of candidates fielded by the Congress party are in Karnataka, with 3 nominations, namely Dalit poet L. Hanumanthaiah, Vokkalinga leader G.C. Chandrasekhar and Syed Naseer Hussain.

On the other hand, Congress president Rahul Gandhi approved a list of ten candidates, which include only fresh faces as all out going members, barring senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, have been denied re-nominations.

Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and senior journalist Kumar Ketkar were among the four candidates who filed their nominations in Mumbai today.

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