UP: BJP to back Independent candidate, contest for 10th seat thrown open

Angelo Anderson
March 14, 2018

On Monday, the last day for filing nominations for the elections where four seats are up for grabs, the ruling BJP fielded three candidates including two ministers in the central government and a sitting Rajya Sabha member. Former Union minister in the previous Congress-led UPA government Naran Rathwa and senior leader of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Amee Yagnik have filed nominations as Congress party candidates. If any candidate does not get 41 votes of first preference, Ms Rahatkar will get all the BJP and Sena MLAs' votes of second preference and might win the elections, according to a BJP leader.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is trying to get the Shiv Sena's additional votes for the BJP's fourth candidate, Vijaya Rah-atkar. That way, BJP can win one more seat, defeating Congress's candidate, Mr Ketkar. The Nationalist Congress Party's 41 votes will be good enough for its candidate Vandana Chavan. After submitting the nomination form, Rajmani Patel said the Congress party always supports deprived classes. The BJP now has 99 members in the legislature and this leaves it with 23 surplus votes. Mansukh Mandavia, minister of state for road transport and highways, and shipping, chemicals and fertilizers; and Parshottam Rupala, minister of state for panchayati raj, agriculture and farmers welfare filed their nominations for the Rajya Sabha on Monday. A candidate can score a straight win with 38 votes.

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. 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.

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". However, the fight will be between the third candidate of the Congress and JDS's Farooq. In keeping with the BJP's strength in the state Assembly, three candidates of the party can be elected with the help of a few independents and small parties.

All six candidates are contesting without any opposition so their election is a foregone conclusion.

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