KCR names 3 TRS candidates for RS polls

KCR names 3 TRS candidates for RS polls

The BJP on Sunday announced the names of 18 candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, after a meeting of the party's Central Election Committee.

The BJP announced 15 more candidates, including its general secretary Saroj Pandey from Chhattisgarh, Anil Jain from Uttar Pradesh and spokespersons Anil Baluni and GVL Narsimha Rao from Uttarakhand and UP respectively.

According to party announcement, Kirori Lal Meena and Madan Lal Saini will be BJP candidates from Rajasthan.

The other candidates are former Rajya Sabha MP Dhiraj Prasad Sahu from Jharkhand, L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G C Chandrasekhar from Karnataka, former state minister Rajmani Patel from Madhya Pradesh and former MP Porika Balram Naik from Telangana. Former Union Minister Naranbhai Rathwa and party media panellist Amee Yagnik are fielded from Gujarat. "Ketkar is the best person to take on communal forces", said state Congress chief Ashok Chavan. 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.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi approved the names of 10 party candidates.

With 311 members (325 with allies) in the Assembly, the BJP and allies will be a clear victor on eight seats, seven more than the last time.

Rane had subsequently told reporters that the saffron party had offered him a Rajya Sabha berth. RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said, "We have already made up our mind to support the BSP in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections, and the SP in the Legislative Council polls". With AIMIM extending its support, the election of the TRS nominess is a clear win.

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

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J Santosh Kumar is the nephew of the Chief Minister, while the other two belong to the OBC community.

The party has strategically chosen its candidates in Kerala, poll-bound Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh. He said that during the CLP meeting it was made a decision to not pit candidate since BJP also not gave any candidate during election of former Union Minister Anand Sharma and Party member of parliament Ms Viplav Thakur in the past. He will file his nomination today.

On its strength in the Assembly, the TDP could win at least two seats.

The Union Health Minister's term was scheduled to expire on 2 April.

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