FM Jaitley files nomination for Rajya Sabha elections in Lucknow

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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.

RJD state President Ram Chander Purve said both Jha and Karim were chosen by party chief Lalu Prasad, now lodged in a Ranchi jail in connection with two fodder scam cases.

"Of the five candidates, four have filed nominations on the last date (Monday), including three from the Congress and one from the BJP, while JD-S candidate B.M. Farooq had filed nomination on March 9", the Election Commission (EC) official told IANS here.

With 14 candidates, from Mr. Arun Jaitley and other bigwigs to an Independent, entering the fray for 10 seats from Uttar Pradesh, a contest became imminent there. But will the Congress manage to fight anti-incumbency in the one of the few states it governs in India following the Modi wave? BJP nominated businessman Rajeev Chandrashekar, who was an Independent Rajya Sabha member and joined the party on Monday. Last time, he had been elected from Bihar. It is already learnt to have won over four independents in the state assembly leaving it with just a few more votes needed for its 9th candidate.

Bharatiya Janata Party candidates Bhupendra Yadav, Kirori Lal Meena and Madan Lal Saini filed their nomination papers in Jaipur, for the Rajya Sabha elections from Rajasthan.

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The maximum number of candidates fielded by the Congress party are in Karnataka, with 3 nominations, namely Dalit poet L. Hanumanthaiah, Vokkalinga leader G.C. Chandrasekhar and Syed Naseer Hussain. "We are hopeful of winning all three sears", said Congress leader Paresh Dhanani, who is the leader of Opposition in the state assembly.

Senior BJP leaders Thawar Chand Gehlot, Dharmendra Pradhan, Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni along with Congress's Rajmani Patel filed their nominations from Madhya Pradesh.

Amee Yajnik and Naranbhai Rathwa are the candidates from Gujarat. BM Farooq filed nomination as a JDS candidate.

His name was proposed by 40 MLAs - 20 each from the Congress and the TMC.

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