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Arun Jaitley files nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh

14 March 2018

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The candidates include including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane, BJP General Secretary Saroj Pandey who will contest from Chhattisgarh, the party's Media Cell Convenor Anil Baluni from Uttarakhand, and Lt General DP Vats (retd) from Haryana. There seems to be a fight between Congress's third candidate and Farooq. The party, however, expects to get the support of seven JD (S) rebels and some independents and others. Assembly elections is Karnataka are expected in April/May.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidates Manoj Jha and Ashfaque Karim on Monday filed nomination papers for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar, to be held on March 23, officials said. The Congress has fielded Dr L Hanumanthaiah, Dr Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar. "This might split the votes of Congress MLAs".

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The opposition party is backing independent candidate P.K. Valera, a former bureaucrat, who threw his hat in the ring at the last minute due to technical hitches with Rathwa's candidature.

In the 224-member assembly, each candidate will require 44 votes to win a Rajya Sabha seat. Alphonse Kannanthanam from Kerala was already made a Union Minister. "Just looking at the ministers from the coastal district gives you a clue about the place". Agarwal said his son, an SP legislator, would vote for the BJP. The Bhumihars have switched loyalties from the Congress to the BJP, and Congress leaders believe they need the caste's support to revive the party in Bihar. "We don't take these comments seriously".

On Saturday, over 1000 Kasavanahalli residents of all ages - armed with placards - formed a human chain between Amrutha College to Play Arena.

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Patel's victory had proved to be a morale booster for the Congress in the assembly elections in 2017 and the party put up a good show, ensuring that the BJP's tally did not touch three digits.

In any case, the Congress knows it can't win the RS seat.

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Arun Jaitley files nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh