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Rajya Sabha polls: Congress plays caste card in its nominations from Karnataka

14 March 2018

He said the nomination Mahesh Chandra Sharma was rejected, he said. As Javdekar is union minister his win is considered a surety; Rane was persuaded by BJP to accept the nomination after lots of efforts so his win is also considered to be a foregone conclusion and since Murlidharan is a senior party leader from Kerala and needed to be accommodated, his win is also considered to be a sure shot.

The first to file the nomination papers was Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who flanked by state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Deputy Chief Ministers Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya, and other cabinet members of the state government submitted his set of nomination papers to the returning officer. The action follows a complaint by BJP MP from Belgaum Suresh Angadi who alleged that blank "no dues certificates" were handed over to Rathwa's staff and these were filled in record time, raising suspicions of forgery.

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The elections to the four Rajya Sabha seats took a new turn on Monday, the last day of filing nominations, when Rathwa's delay in filing papers led to the BJP fielding one more candidate, taking its total nominations to three. But getting their support would need deft political management from the Congress leadership. (Ahead of RS elections in Gujarat a year ago, Congress had flown all its MLAs to an undisclosed location in Bengaluru.) "We have heard that a few Congress leaders have problems with Rathwa's documents". Patel had won in a hard-fought battle.

However, the Congress dismissed the allegations as baseless and claimed that the returning officer accepted Rathwa's nomination papers after scrutiny today.

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Fourteen candidates, including 11 from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), field their nomination papers for the biennial polls to the Rajya Sabha, scheduled for March 23, officials said.

The Sena has 63 MLAs, but the Congress does not expect to receive its surplus votes despite the smaller partner's anger at the BJP.

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Although a campaign against its decision to field a non-Kannadiga, industrialist Rajeev Chandrashekar for the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka, is drawing enormous support on social media, the BJP seems undeterred and defended its choice of candidate on Tuesday. Our candidate's nomination form has been cleared. Both the parties are in a position to send two candidates each to the Rajya Sabha, as the minimum number of votes required per candidate is 37. Also everyone want to contest elections if given an opportunity, hence they are also contesting. We are ready to give them back this time as well.

Rajya Sabha polls: Congress plays caste card in its nominations from Karnataka