Parties announce candidates: RS polls on Mar.23

Maharashtra: former CM Narayan Rane, journalist Kumar Ketkar file nominations for Rajya Sabha polls

Of the six Rajya Sabha seats, the Congress and the NCP had two each, Shiv Sena and the BJP had one each.

Mr. Rathwa, a senior tribal leader from central Gujarat, said the "ruling party was opposed to a tribal going to the Rajya Sabha".

However, the candidature of Independent candidate Anil Agarwal on the last day of nominations has made the contest for the tenth seat interestingly poised considering that the BJP with 325 MLAs (the total number includes 13 MLAs of its allies, Apna Dal (Soney Lal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party) and the Samajwadi Party with 47 MLAs are assured of winning eight and one seat respectively.

Earlier, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat announced the withdrawal of his BJP's fourth candidate, even as all other parties heaved a collective sigh of relief.

Apprehending that nomination papers of its tribal candidate Naranbhai Rathwa may be declared invalid due to lack of proper documents, the Congress had asked retired bureaucrat and Dalit leader P K Valera to file his nomination as an independent nominee.

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Ahead of the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, the BJP has added an element of unpredictability to the otherwise tiresome and predictable polls by fielding a fourth candidate from the state.

Answering a query that for the first time the party has allocated candidature keeping the caste-based equations at bay, the Chief Minister said Rajya Sabha is an Upper House, where people who have certain capabilities/ specialists and here equations doesn't have much significance.

National President and former PM, Mr H.D. Deve Gowda had already giving indications of moving the high court if Speaker, Mr K.B. Koliwad fails to dispose of the petition before the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls as the seven votes of the rebel legislators will be vital for the Congresss to ensure the victory of its third candidate. Two have been elected from the BJP and two have been elected from the Congress.

BJD candidates Prashant Nanda, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Achyuta Samanta were elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha, said Returning Officer Rajesh Prabhakar Patil after the deadline for withdrawing the nominations - 3 p.m. on Thursday - passed.

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