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14 candidates for 10 Rajya Sabha seats in UP

14 candidates for 10 Rajya Sabha seats in UP

However, just minutes before the 3pm deadline, he reached the Assembly with senior Congress leaders and team of lawyers and filed his nomination. It was being said that Rathwa could not file his nomination papers due to lack of important documents. However, Congress leaders rubbished it as a rumour and reiterated that the tribal leader would arrive to file his nomination. L.Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrashekar-for the 23 March Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka in what seems to be a carefully planned caste balance strategy from the party.

Asked if the BJP approached the Central Election Commission on the issue, Gohil said: "Let them go wherever they (BJP) want to".

Extending his best wishes to BJP National General Secretary Saroj Pandey on her filing nominations for Rajya Sabha, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said now that the nomination process has been completed, it is for sure that she will be elected to Rajya Sabha. Eventually, the Returning Officer ruled in favour of Rathwa and accepted his nomination form. The action follows a complaint by BJP MP from Belgaum Suresh Angadi who alleged that blank "no dues certificates" were handed over to Rathwa's staff and these were filled in record time, raising suspicions of forgery.

Former Congress politician Narayan Rane is a BJP candidate, and at least two Congress members - his son Nitesh Rane and an old loyalist - are expected to vote for him.

He has also served as the chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission between May 2011 and April 2012 under the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government.

The BJP has fielded four candidates while as Congress, nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena has fielded one each.

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The BJP has fielded Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia, apart from former MLA Kiritsinh Rana.

Naqvi said they have demanded that the Congress candidate's nomination be quashed. Returning officer for the election said, "All the nominations will be scrutinised and cleared by Tuesday afternoon".

Today was the last date for scrutiny of nominations while March 15 is the last day for withdrawal of candidature.

Besides Rathwa, the Congress has fielded Amee Yajnik for the second seat.

The Congress has 123 members, including Speaker, BJP - 43, JD (S) - 37, Badavara Shramikarra Raithara Paksha - 3, Karnataka Janata Paksha - 2, Karnataka Makkala Paksha - 1, Independents - 8, and nominated - 1.

The nomination of Independent Paresh Moolani was rejected since it was not backed by the statutory number of proposers.


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