Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekar joins BJP


Independent Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar will be the BJP candidate from Karnataka. The BJP has made its candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls from Karnataka. At present, the Congress and the NCP hold two seats each, while the Sena and the BJP have one seat each. Each candidate requires votes of 38 MLAs.

From Gujarat, the BJP has nominated ministers Mansukh L. Mandaviya and Purshottam Rupala.

He ended his over-a-decade-long association with the party in September previous year, formed the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, and allied with the BJP-led NDA.

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The final nomination was filed by Congress candidate Akhilesh Prasad Singh, who was a junior minister in UPA I, representing RJD.

Congress also seems to be leaving nothing to chance after it faced one of the toughest Rajya Sabha elections in August previous year when senior leader Ahmed Patel won by a narrow margin.

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday. Looking at the selection of the candidates and the in-fighting that has surfaced afterwards, it is clear that there is a feeling of discontent among Congress members from their central leadership. The polling and counting will take place on March 23.

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His victory in the March 23 Rajya Sabha polls is a certainty with the BJP having 43 lawmaker and the additional required support in the 224 member assembly.

Syed Naseer Hussain, L Hanumanthaiah and G.C. Chandrashekar will be contesting from Karnataka.

The Congress fielded two candidates - tribal leader Naran Rathwa and State unit spokesperson Amee Yajnik. The Nationalist Congress Party's 41 votes will be good enough for its candidate Vandana Chavan. TMC chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced her party's support to Congress Rajya Sabha nominee Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Meanwhile, the BJP fielded former MLA Kiritsinh Rana as a "third candidate".

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Ketkar, a regular on TV news debates, filed his papers in the presence of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan. The Congress is pinning its hopes on one out of the two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand.