Narayan Rane among 18 BJP candidates announced for Rajya Sabha polls

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Former Union minister in the previous Congress-led UPA government Naran Rathwa and senior leader of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Amee Yagnik have filed nominations as Congress party candidates.

Sharing images of his nomination filing, Jaitley tweeted: " Filed nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections in Lucknow, March 12, 2018".

Meanwhile, finally Narayan Rane, former chief minister and president of Maharashtra Swabhimani Party (BJP) agreed to go to Delhi in Rajya Sabha.

Saroj Pandey, who had lost the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, has been fielded from Chhattisgarh, Madan Lal Saini from Rajasthan, Lt Gen D P Vats (retd) from Haryana, Kailash Soni and Ajay Pratap Singh from Madhya Pradesh, Chandrasekhar from Karnataka and Sameer Oraon from Jharkhand. He is likely to get elected unopposed as the Congress is unlikely to field any candidate for the upper house election from Uttarakhand. Three nominated members - actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga - will also retire then.

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A candidate needs 37 votes to emerge victorious in the 402-member state assembly. The SP has 47 and the BJP along with its allies has 324 seats.

Newstrack.com had revealed the names of candidates for Uttar Pradesh prior to the official announcement and seven out of the eight candidates are same. Hence, Congress president Ashok Chavan is trying for unopposed elections. He filed the nomination in the presence of former Karnataka Chief Minister and state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa. According to the tally of numbers, three candidates of BJP and each one of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena can win the RS poll. The Congress had earlier turned down JD (S)'s request to back its candidate, businessman BM Farook. Initially, the caste combination that the party was aiming for was the Dalit-minority-Lingayat one but after various rounds of talks, it became evident that Lingayats had been given adequate representation through Water Resource Minister MB Patil, senior Congress leader SR Patil and various other leaders.

The Congress has only 27 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly.

With Congress fielding a Vokkaliga leader, the JD (S) will have the hard choice of backing its own candidate or voting for a Vokkaliga, its main support base.

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