BJP fields 11 candidates against 10 Rajya Sabha seats, forces polls

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BJP fields 11 candidates against 10 Rajya Sabha seats, forces polls

Media management has been at the core of the Narendra Modi government's strategy ever since it came to power, and now, towards the end of its fourth year, it has rewarded two of its spokespersons with Rajya Sabha berths. The BJP will be putting up three candidates, the Congress two, and there will be an independent candidate.

Nomination process for electing five Rajya Sabha members from Madhya Pradesh commenced on March 5 with the issuance of notification by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

The BJP fielded Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia, apart from former MLA Kiritsinh Rana.

"Due to personal reasons, I would like to be relieved of the responsibility as the GMCC president with immediate effect", stated Patel.

From Jharkhand, the party has chosen Sameer Uranv, who is said to be close to CM Raghubar Das.

Tomorrow is the last date for scrutiny of nominations while March 15 is the last day for withdrawal of candidature. Rana and Valera also filed their nominations during the last half-an-hour allotted for the goal.

But the airport authorities refused permission since re-carpeting was in progress.

BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik while extending his best wishes to BJP National General Secretary Saroj Pandey for filing nominations, said any party worker who works with commitment for the party is bestowed upon with certain responsibilities and opportunities.

In Gujarat where it has fielded an extra candidate, the party hopes to bank in on the discontentment among the Congress leaders.

In the 225-member state legislative assembly, including one nominated, the Congress has 122 legislators, BJP 48 and JD-S 37. "We feel that Congress MLAs may go for crossvoting and some of them may leave the party". The Congress which has seven MLAs has also chose to support the BSP candidate.

Gujarat's Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said there was huge discontent within the Congress and that there are chances of cross voting.

Since the BSP has only 19 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and will not be able to win a seat on its own, it has been assured of the support of the Samajwadi Party following an understanding between former chief ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.

Chandresekhar's nomination figures on top of a list of 10 points the Congress hurled against the BJP in a charge sheet.

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