Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and senior journalist Kumar Ketkar were among the four candidates who filed their nominations in Mumbai today. 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.
In the 224-member assembly, each candidate will require 44 votes to win a Rajya Sabha seat. This means the polls will be held to elect six of seven candidates in the fray. The Nationalist Congress Party's 41 votes will be good enough for its candidate Vandana Chavan.
Gandhinagar: After the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat last August that turned into a prestige battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, another fight is on the cards for the upper house elections scheduled for 23 March.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, talking to reporters, said that soon the BJP will have absolute majority in the Rajya Sabha and that will the day when Congress' status will be reduced to ashes.
There was speculation that the BJP may ask some of its leaders to withdraw from the contest.
There is a likelihood of 28 votes of the BJP which would be left after the division of votes amongst its eight candidates, being transferred to Agarwal.
Since the BSP has only 19 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and will not be able to win a seat on its own, it has been assured of the support of the Samajwadi Party following an understanding between former chief ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.
"There is infighting in the Congress and they are confused about their candidates". Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had filed his papers earlier.
But the BJP has now forced a vote with its last-minute nomination of the state women's commission chairperson, Vijaya Rahatkar, as its fourth candidate. At present the party wise strength in the assembly is Congress-122, BJP-43, JDS-37, BSR Congress-3, KJP-2, KMP-1, independents-8, Speaker-1, nominated-1, vacant-7.
The previous Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat was the first in two decades that witnessed voting.
Senior BJP leaders Thawar Chand Gehlot, Dharmendra Pradhan, Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni along with Congress's Rajmani Patel filed their nominations from Madhya Pradesh. All the six candidates fielded till Sunday - three from the BJP and one each from ally Shiv Sena, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party - were expected to sail through without a contest. Yadav is also a BJP national general secretary.