Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, joined the fray once again from his home state Bihar, while Pradhan, minister for petroleum and natural gas, filed his papers from Madhya Pradesh. Going by this statistic, if MLAs of both the parties vote as per their party whip, both Congress and BJP are poised to win two seats each.
At the time of filing of nominations, Chouhan, BJP State president Nanda Kumar Singh Chouhan, Minister Narottam Mishra and other BJP leaders were present.
Amee Yajnik and Naranbhai Rathwa are the candidates from Gujarat. The maximum number of candidates (7) have been nominated from Uttar Pradesh, where the party has a firm majority and vacancy of 10 seats. "Polling and counting of votes will be held on March 23 for all the four seats", added the official. Three nominated members - actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga - will also retire then. 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. Five Rajya Sabha members from Madhya Pradesh are completing their terms in April 2018. A reflection of Shah having his way is the fact that at least three people from his team at the BJP headquarters- General Secretary Anil Jain ( who handles Haryana and Chhattisgarh) and two national spokespersons Anil Baluni, and GV L Narasimha Rao have got RS berth.
However, the Congress party requires at least 40 MLAs to win the Rajya Sabha seat. Dhiraj Prasad Sahu will contest from Jharkhand, Rajmani Patel from Madhya Pradesh, and Porika Blaram Naik from Telangana.
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The Sena has 63 MLAs, but the Congress does not expect to receive its surplus votes despite the smaller partner's anger at the BJP. BM Farooq filed nomination as a JDS candidate.
A total of 10 Rajya Sabha seats are getting vacant from Uttar Pradesh.
The JD-S also fears cross-voting by some of its members in favour of the ruling Congress' third nominee. Chaturvedi, who is retiring, reportedly had the backing of Jyotiraditya Scindia. There is also a BJP-supported Independent member.