Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Anxious moments for Congress as Rathwa files RS nomination in Gujarat

Anxious moments for Congress as Rathwa files RS nomination in Gujarat

And this time too it seems to be headed the same way.

In the 225-member state legislative assembly, including one nominated, the Congress has 122 legislators, BJP 48 and JD-S 37.

Former Kerala BJP chief V Muralidharan will be its second candidate from Maharashtra. Rathwa, meanwhile, claimed that his papers were in order and rushed to submit his nomination papers just before the 3 pm deadline.

The Congress candidates are L. Hanumanthaiah, G.C. Chandrasekhar and Syed Naseer Hussain, and BJP candidate is Rajeev Chandrashekar, who is seeking a second term, as his first term as an Independent member ends on April 2. In an announcement in the evening, the party in a release said Naik's candidature was cleared by its national president Rahul Gandhi.

Candidate of RJD's ally Congress Akhilesh Singh, a former Union Minister, will also file his nomination on Monday, the last day of filing of nominations for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Seven candidates, including Valera and Rana, have filed nominations for four seats falling vacant from the state.

Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane's name also appears among the list of candidates from Maharashtra. There seems to be a fight between Congress's third candidate and Farooq.

Rathwa said that there was some confusion about his voter's certificate but the issue had been resolved.

However, the move to field four candidates can create trouble for Congress candidates if voting takes place.

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday.

In the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the BJP's strength is 165, the Congress has 57 legislators, the BSP has four, while there are three Independents and one nominated member, an Assembly official said.

Despite knowing fully well that it does not have enough strength in the Telangana state assembly, the Congress party is still trying its luck in the Rajya Sabha elections.

Scrutiny would be conducted on March 13 and candidate can give notice of withdrawal by 1500 hrs on March 15.

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