Jaitley to fight RS polls from UP, not Gujarat

10 March, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Arun Jaitley

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan will contest the Rajya Sabha polls from Madhya Pradesh this time.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is in a piquant situation to find safe seats for family friend Sam Pitroda and AICC veteran general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi to reach Rajya Sabha.

The party announced the names of seven union ministers and one general secretary for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in various states. The significant move in this announcement is that the Finance Minister, who has represented Gujarat in the Rajya Sabha for a long time, will contest from Uttar Pradesh this time. Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot will be from MP.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday announced to nominate Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala to the Upper House of Parliament from Gujarat.

Orissa has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha. One is from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), another, Pramod Tiwari, is from the Congress, Vinay Katiyar is from the BJP and one more seat is to be contested because BSP supremo Mayawati resigned from the Upper House previous year. This will be his second term from the state. He also has been the chairman of a number of parliamentary committees set up to study different bills. BJP individually has 58 MPs in the 239-member Upper House, while NDA collectively has 82 MPs. However, it is still away from achieving a majority in the house. The seat of Ali Anwar has already fallen\\vacant after his membership was terminated on complaint of anti party activitiesby JD (U). BJP president Amit Shah had aimed for 150 seats out of 182 in Gujarat in the December elections, and the slide to 99 was seen as a personal setback for him and Prime Minister Modi. Last date for filing nomination was March 12 while scrutiny of paperswould be done next day, Mr Rai said adding that willing candidates couldwithdraw their nominations by March 15.

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