Union minister of state Mansukh Mandaviya on his way to Gujarat assembly on Monday to file RS nomination for the second term
13 March, 2018, 04:03
The ruling BJP is set to increase its tally from Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha and also in the state Legislative Council, given its improved strength in the 288-member Legislative Assembly post the 2014 polls.
All candidates are required to file nominations by today (Monday, March 12). Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Mansukh L Mandaviya and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala will contest election from Gujarat. Former Maharashtra Congress leader Narayan Rane and the BJP's Kerala face V Muralidharan are the the BJP candidates from Maharashtra.
The final nomination was filed by Congress candidate Akhilesh Prasad Singh, who was a junior minister in UPA I, representing RJD.
The lone CPM member and the Peasants and Workers Party of India's three legislators are inclined towards the Congress and can make up the shortfall. Anxious that BJP may jump in to take advantage if the Congress nominee was knocked out, the party sought to rush Shukla to Gujarat.
Other key candidates include a retired Lt. Gen. close to Congress' ex-Haryana CM Hooda, and two of its own general secretaries. The polling and counting will take place on March 23. On Wednesday, the BJP had renominated to the Rajya Sabha all eight Union Ministers, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, apart from its General Secretary and key strategist Bhupender Yadav from Rajasthan. The term of four members of the Upper House - Rajeev Chandrashekar (Independent), Rahman Khan (Congress) and Basavaraj Patil Sedam and R. Ramakrishna (both BJP) will end on April 2, 2018.
Senior journalist Kumar Ketkar is the Congress candidate from Maharashtra. However, with no choice left, the JD (S) now makes a plan forward, to get ahead with the political game. This means the Congress can count on just 38 votes, 3 short of requirements. Then there are seven Independents.
RJD state President Ram Chander Purve said both Jha and Karim were chosen by party chief Lalu Prasad, now lodged in a Ranchi jail in connection with two fodder scam cases.