BJP Rajya Sabha candidate grew 2 years older in 4 months

Rajeev Chandrashekar

Knowing pretty well that Rajya Sabha elections would not be a smooth sail in Gujarat, the ruling BJP has shifted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for a "safer entry" into House of Elders from BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, BJP alleged that there was anger among Congress leaders as the party had sprung surprises in candidate selection.

Farook of the JD (S) has already filed his nomination papers.

Earlier, Rathwa said his documents were in order but BJP leaders put pressure on Returning Officer.

However, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused the BJP of playing a motivated games and said,"The BJP played this lowly game during Ahmed Patel's election and now again".

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.

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Kaushik while clarifying on the goof-up of purchasing nomination form, said being the State President, it is his responsibility to make preparations for the candidate on behalf of the party.

"BJP's a party of lies". Our candidate's nomination form has been cleared. Similarly in Maharashtra where it is assured of 3 seats, the BJP has fielded 4.

"We have informed the Election Commission about the irregularities in the nomination forms of Congress Rajya Sabha candidate Naran Rathwa and independent PK Valera", Mr Goyal later told reporters.

Answering a query that for the first time the party has allocated candidature keeping the caste-based equations at bay, the Chief Minister said Rajya Sabha is an Upper House, where people who have certain capabilities/ specialists and here equations doesn't have much significance. (Ahead of RS elections in Gujarat past year, 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". Read Also: Cong names Rathwa, Yajnik for Rajya SabhaRumour mills After Congress officially declared the names of its two candidates from Delhi late on Sunday, news surfaced that Rathwa would be replaced by Rajiv Shukla who would be flying to Gujarat.

The official also accepted the nomination of Independent candidate P.K. Valera, backed by the Congress.

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