Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

RS polls: Incomplete nomination form filed by Congress candidate, says Goyal

RS polls: Incomplete nomination form filed by Congress candidate, says Goyal

He said that this was an old tactic followed by the saffron party, which had tried to do the same to prevent Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel's candidature in the past as well.

Considering the BJP's strength in the current Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, the ruling party can easily guarantee the win of its eight candidates in the polls to the Upper House of Parliament. Two independents are also supporting the government.

Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Thawar Chand Gehlot were among the prominent candidates who filed their nomination papers for the March 23 Rajya Sabha polls in various states.

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala responded to BJP's allegations while addressing reporters.

The SP would be left with 10 surplus first preference votes after backing its candidate Jaya Bachchan, and together with seven Congress and one of the RLD, the BSP would be able to get its candidate elected.

On 13 March, the BJP took objection to Rathwa's candidature and alleged that he had filed a "fake" no-dues certificate with his nomination forms.

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Three BJP candidates including Muraleedharan were elected unopposed following the last-minute withdrawal of a fourth candidate by the Bharatiya Janata Party. In case the court does not allow the seven JD (S) MLAs to vote, it would be hard for CM Siddaramaiah to ensure the victory of the third Congress candidate. In total, 14 candidates have nominated for the biennial polls. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in June 2009 and was against re-elected in 2010.

The terms of four BJP Rajya Sabha MPs - Arun Jaitley, Rupala, Mandaviya and Shanker Vegad - will end this month.

"BJP candidate Kirsitsinh Rana and independent nominee P.K. Valera, along with other dummy candidates have withdrawn their papers, leaving only four candidates", according to Karova.

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