JP Nadda all set to be elected to Rajya Sabha

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Activists of a Communist group in Bengaluru protesting the recent destruction of the Lenin statue in Tripura | PTI

"A meeting of Congress Legislature Party was held and after consulting the MLAs, we have made a decision to vote for the BSP nominee", CLP leader Ajay Singh Lallu said.

Former Union Minister Naranbhai Rathwa, who represented Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency in Gujarat for the five terms, was nominated along with Congress leader and prominent lawyer Amee Yajnik from Gujarat. Discussions for an alliance for the Rajya Sabha were held at the highest level figuring Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JMM executive president Hemant Soren in Delhi.

Singhvi's name was officially announced on Sunday night though his candidature from West Bengal was in public domain after Trinamool Congress announced its support to Congress. Union Minister likely to be declared elected unopposed as tenure of one of RS seat occupy by Mr Nadda is going to end on April 2.

Nadda's re-election to RajyaSabha was nearly certain as in the 68-member house, the BJP has a two-thirds majority with 44 seats.

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The former Shiv Sena chief minister subsequently formed his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, and allied with the BJP-led NDA.

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

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The Congress has named Babu Prasad as the UDF opposition candidate from Kerala. The last date for nominations is tomorrow.

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Santosh Kumar has been a close associate of the Chief Minister taking care of the latter's daily activities for the last 17 years. So, the party opted to nominate Jaitley from Uttar Pradesh.

The list of 18 BJP candidates was released by the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee for ensuing biennial elections to the council of states. He has been a parliament member since 2006.

The YSR Congress chose businessman Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy for the lone seat it could win and he has already filed his nomination.

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