BJP, Congress gear up for Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections

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Former home minister Rajni Patel has also filed his nomination as a back-up candidate for BJP.

In the game of politics, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi turned out to be the biggest loser as he broke away from the ruling NDA in Bihar just a couple of weeks ago to join hands with the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan in the hope of securing one Rajya Sabha seat out of the six vacant seats. Veerendra Kumar's term would have expired in April 2022. Congress party leader and former minister Rajmani Patel too submitted the nomination form.

In Uttar Pradesh the gamble is for the 9th seat.

As each candidate needs 45 votes to win the contest, the Congress is in a position to get two of its nominees elected easily, while its third candidate with 37 votes will have to get 13 more votes to make up for the shortfall.

There was speculation that the BJP may ask some of its leaders to withdraw from the contest.

Monday was the last day to file nomination papers.

In Gujarat, the Congress state general secretary P K Valera staked claim as an Independent prompting the BJP to field former MLA Kiritsinh Rana as the third candidate to make things hard for the Congress.

Altogether seven candidates are in the fray from the state where polling will be held for four seats.

The other BJP candidates who filed their nominations were Samajwadi Party turncoat Ashok Bajpai, GVL Narasimha Rao, Harnath Singh Yadav, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam and Anil Jain.

There is a likelihood of 28 votes of the BJP which would be left after the division of votes amongst its eight candidates, being transferred to Agarwal.

Union social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said that his selection as nominee for Rajya Sabha seat shows that he is giving 100 percent to his work.

Speaking to reporters, UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, "If you see our list of Rajya Sabha candidates, all the regions have got representation on the basis of merit". There seems to be a fight between Congress's third candidate and Farooq. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had filed his papers earlier. BJP's Rajya Sabha candidates Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP General Secretary Ajay Pratap Singh and National President of MISA Organisation Kailash Soni reached Assembly and filed their nomination papers in presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, State BJP President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, State Organisation General Secretary Suhas Bhagat and other senior party leaders.

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