BJP nominates V Muraleedharan for RS seat

12 March, 2018, 10:44 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Mumbai: With an eye on the upcoming state polls, the BJP on Sunday announced its 18 candidates, including former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and several of its central office bearers, for the Rajya Sabha's biennial elections. He briefly led the state at the head of the Shiv Sena-BJP government in 1999, and then served as cabinet minister in the Congress-NCP government after leaving his old party. Union human resource minister Prakash Javadekar, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, is shifted to Maharashtra.

Just a day after the Rajya Sabha polls, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will be holding a dinner on March 13 where she has invited leaders of almost 14 opposition parties. Curiously a number of usual suspects such as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav or some heavy weights from UP would be accommodated, but that simply did not happen.

By fielding a Vokkaliga leader as the third candidate, it has put the JD (S) in a spot.

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A statement signed by Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula stated that they were not part of the meeting. Mr Odinga said it was "time to resolve our differences". "Elections come and go, but Kenya remains", Kenyatta said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda has filed his nomination papers as the BJP candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat from Himachal Pradesh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will contest from Uttar Pradesh and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from Bihar. The last date to withdraw is March 15. He ended his over-a-decade-long association with the Congress in September a year ago.

Out of the six states from which BJP candidates for the Upper House polls have been announced, five of them are now ruled by the saffron party. In fact, he was keen to join the BJP but Fadnavis and a few other BJP leaders in the state suggested to him that he should form a new party that would support the NDA, according to the BJP leader cited above. "We have chose to join hands with the secular forces against the oppressive and communal politics and chose to vote for the BSP candidate", Lallu said, adding that the central leadership of the party has been apprised of the decision and they have supported it.


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