Congress announces Rajya Sabha candidates, places a check on Siddaramaiah

Congress announces Rajya Sabha candidates, places a check on Siddaramaiah

According to a statement issued by party general secretary Oscar Fernandes, journalist Kumar Ketkar has been nominated from Maharashtra.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) today named its national spokesman Manoj Jha and Ashfaque Karim, managing director of the Katihar Medical College and Hospital, as its candidates from Bihar for the upcoming Rajya Sabha biennial elections. The BJP has announced a list of 18 candidates while the Congress came up with a list of 10. With AIMIM extending its support, the election of the TRS nominess is a clear win. Lingaiah Yadav from erstwhile Nalgonda district bagged the RS nomination under the Yadav community quota as promised by the Chief Minister.

The BJP will field Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot from Madhya Pradesh for another Rajya Sabha term. Based on its strength in the state assembly, the ruling BJP can send eight persons to the Upper House of Parliament, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BSP can send one member each.

The choice of Mr Soni and Singh would help the party in the state going to the polls with Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, party sources said.

By fielding a Vokkaliga leader as the third candidate, it has put the JD (S) in a spot.

Santosh Kumar has been a close associate of the Chief Minister taking care of the latter's daily activities for the last 17 years.

The Congress, which has seven MLAs in Uttar Pradesh, responded to BSP chief Mayawati's appeal and announced that its legislators will back her party's candidate, Bhimrao Ambedkar. Union human resources development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar filed his nomination last week for one of the three seats.

"Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has chose to not to field any candidate against Nadda in RajyaSabha election, scheduled to be held on 23 March", party spokesperson Sanjay Chauhan said.

Elections will be held for the three seats on March 23, if the Congress does not withdraw its candidate P. Balaram Naik from the contest.

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