Singhvi, Ketkar among 10 Congress candidates for Rajya Sabha polls


Stalwarts like former union minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Milind Deora and Rajiv Shukla were in race.

Meanwhile, the biennial elections to 21 Legislative Council seats, out of the total 78, are due later this year.

The Congress on Sunday announced names of 10 candidates for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections in seven states, including Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal and senior journalist Kumar Ketkar from Maharashtra.

For the two seats in Gujarat, supporters of state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and Shaktisinh Gohil were lobbying hard. The Congress is pinning its hopes on one out of the two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand. Rane is fielded from Maharashtra along with the BJP's former Kerala unit chief V Muralidharan.

The TMC has already its four candidates and its leader Mamta Banerjee has openly said her party would support Singhvi in the Rajya Sabha polls. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has announced the names of party's general secretary J Santosh Kumar, B Lingaiah Yadav and B Prakash in Telangana.

By fielding a Vokkaliga leader as the third candidate, it has put the JD (S) in a spot.

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He formally introduced the three to the party MPs, MLAs and MLCs at a TRS Legislature Party meeting at Telangana Bhavan (the TRS headquarters) here on Sunday. The polls are being held for 58 Rajya Sabha seats across states, of which six are in Maharasthra.

The last date of filing nominations is tomorrow, scrutiny of nomination papers would take place on March 13 and the last date of withdrawal is March 15.

Arithmetically for the Bahujan Samaj Party, which has 19 MLAs in the 403-member UP Assembly, the likely support by the Samajwadi Party which has 10 additional first preference votes, the Congress (seven) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (one), will help it get 37 votes required for a win.

"Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has made a decision to not to field any candidate against Nadda in RajyaSabha election, scheduled to be held on 23 March", party spokesperson Sanjay Chauhan said.

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