BJP declares names of 18 candidates for RS polls on March 23

Jaya Bachchan Uttar Pradesh Politician Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha

March 12 is the last day for filing nominations for the March 23 election to the Upper House of Parliament.

Rane had recently quit the Congress to join the BJP and has been rewarded with a ticket for the Upper House from Maharashtra.

Actress-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan on Friday filed her nomination for the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh as the candidate of the Samajwadi Party.

However, Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said his party had two years ago given its one seat to the NCP during the biennial polls to get Council Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar and Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde elected.

Chandrasekhar, who was earlier classified as an independent Rajya Sabha member, has been critical of the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka in the run up to the assembly elections, scheduled to be held later this year. March 14 is the last date to submit the final list of candidates.

Nearly all the candidates are certain to win due to the partys numerical strength in respective state assemblies, party sources said.

RJD fielded Manoj Jha and Ashfaque Karim as its party's candidates. He will be contesting for the seat in RS from Madhya Pradesh.

The most probable names for the Rajya Sabha from BJP include - Arun Jaitley, Ashok Vajpayee, Vijay Sonker Shastri, Ramlal, Dr. Anil Jain, P Murlidhar Rao and Sakaldeep Rajbhar.

Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda likely to be elected unopposed for the Rajaya Sabha again as Congress today decide to not give candidate against him, Congress party announced on Sunday.

The three will file their nomination papers on Monday.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had fielded Manoj Jha and Ashfaque Karim as Rajya Sabha candidates.

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