Dharmendra Pradhan Filed nomination papers for Rajya Sabha election in Bhopal

Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha

But will the Congress manage to fight anti-incumbency in the one of the few states it governs in India following the Modi wave? "This is the reason party has given me chance for RS seat". They further said this affected the morale of party workers. Former Union minister in the UPA-I Akhilesh Singh, who was earlier with the RJD but joined the Congress on the eve of 2009 Lok Sabha elections, submitted his nomination on the last day as the Congress nominee.

He filed the nomination papers for the election of the Upper House of the Parliament from Uttar Pradesh.

Valera filed his nomination as an independent candidate with the support of 10 Congress MLAs, PTI reported citing sources.

The SP's decision to field Jaya Bachchan as the party's candidate from the single seat it is likely to win led to the resignation of party veteran Naresh Agarwal from the party.

The name of finance minister Arun Jaitley from Uttar Pradesh, besides a number of other Union ministers had figured in the first list of candidates announced on March 7.

While the BJP is poised to win its all four seats, the Congress is expected to get one seat, based on the strength of its members in the state Assembly. The Congress can also send two candidates. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Patel and state party president Jitu Vaghani, who is also an MLA, held a meeting. The election has been necessitated as five seats in Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh would be rendered vacant after the tenure of Thawar Chand Gehlot, La Ganesan, Prakash Javadekar, Meghraj Jain from BJP and Satyavrat Chaturvedi of Congress ends on April 2. The ruling party is hoping that by engineering defection in ranks of Congress and NCP and getting extra votes from Shiv Sena its fourth candidate will sail through. But it has just 12 MLAs in the Telangana state assembly.

"We are banking on the votes of eight Independents and seven rebel JD-S legislators to ensure the victory of our third candidate", said a Congress leader.

On Friday, the Congress Election Screening Committee head Madhusudan Mistry was in Bengaluru to conduct informal interviews with ticket aspirants for the upcoming elections.

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