Arun Jaitley files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha polls


Fearing the loss of one Rajya Sabha seat in case Rathwa's nomination is found invalid, the Congress high command quickly asked senior member Rajiv Shukla to rush from Delhi to Gujarat to file his papers by 3 p.m, the closure time. In the past, all these four seats were held by BJP candidates.

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.

From Gujarat, the BJP has nominated ministers Mansukh L. Mandaviya and Purshottam Rupala.

The former Shiv Sena chief minister subsequently formed his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, and allied with the BJP-led NDA.

Praising the BJP leaders after they filed their nominations, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was also present at the event, said all the four BJP nominees are capable leaders and they will not only contribute towards the development of the state, but also of the country. Durg Lok Sabha seat was the only seat in the state from where the party had lost Lok Sabha elections. Anxious that BJP may jump in to take advantage if the Congress nominee was knocked out, the party sought to rush Shukla to Gujarat. The Congress had earlier turned down JD (S)'s request to back its candidate, businessman BM Farook. Voting to elect 58 members to the Rajya Sabha from different states will take place on March 23.

"Congress President Rahul Gandhi has approved the proposal for the candidature of Akhilesh Prasad Singh from Bihar and Lekhram Sahu from Chhattisgarh for the Rajya Sabha election", AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes said in a release on Monday.

Gujarat Congress leader PK Valera on Monday filed his nomination as an independent candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls in the state, PTI reported. The last date to withdraw is March 15.

RJD state President Ram Chander Purve said both Jha and Karim were chosen by party chief Lalu Prasad, now lodged in a Ranchi jail in connection with two fodder scam cases.

Their names were announced by the party on Sunday.

Congress RS nominee from Maharashtra is Kumar Ketkar. 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.