Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: BJP Nominates 18 Candidates, Congress To Field 10

Amitabh Bachchan with his wife Jaya Bachchan

Ahead of the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, the BJP has added an element of unpredictability to the otherwise boring and predictable polls by fielding a fourth candidate from the state.

Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Mansukh L. Mandaviya and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala will contest election from Gujarat.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad joined the fray once again from his home State of Bihar.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP chief Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan, the party's organisation General Secretary Suhas Bhagat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and other leaders were present. "Madhya Pradesh has recorded a significant achievement in PM Ujjwala Yojana by providing 32 lakh LPG connections to BPL families".

Shukla is learnt to have got the approval from Congress President Rahul Gandhi to file his nomination papers from Gujarat.

The poll outcome, if elections need to be held, will be announced on March 23.

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Baluni, who heads BJP's media departments, has been fielded from Uttarakhand while Rao, a spokesperson and psephologist, will file his nomination from Uttar Pradesh. Rana and Valera also filed their nominations during the last half-an-hour allotted for the objective. Former home minister Rajni Patel has also filed his nomination as a back-up candidate for BJP.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi is the party's candidate from West Bengal and he will win as the Trinamool Congress has made a decision to support him.

Yesterday, former BPCC president and MLC Ashok Chowdhury had claimed that a party ticket to Akhilesh Prasad Singh, who was with the RJD till a few years ago, would cause a split in the state Congress. The three candidates are L Hanumanthaiah, Naseer Hussain and G.C Chandrashekar - a Dalit, A Muslim, and a Vokkaligga (a dominant OBC community), respectively.

The BJP has fielded Rajeev Chandrasekhar, while the JD (S) has fielded businessman BM Farooq.

In Andhra Pradesh, TDP candidates C.M. Ramesh and Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar filed their nominations papers.

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