BJP declares candidates for March 23 RS polls

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During the TRS Legislative Party meeting held at Telangana Bhavan here, the Chief Minister announced the names of the TRS candidates for Rajya Sabha elections amidst cheers and applause from the Ministers and the legislators.

Former Rajya Sabha member Dhiraj Prasad Sahu was nominated as Congress candidate from Jharkhand.

The last date of filing nominations is tomorrow, scrutiny of nomination papers would take place on March 13 and the last date of withdrawal is March 15.

The party has strategically chosen its candidates in Kerala, poll-bound Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.

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The BJP also gave ticket to Narayan Rane, a former Congressman, from Maharashtra and billionaire businessman Rajeev Chandrasekhar from Karnataka.

BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav is contesting from Rajasthan. Congress spokesperson Satyavrat Chaturvedi, who is among the five retiring members, could not make to the list. Tomar is former president of the BJP's Kisan Morcha, and Kardam is a former MLA who unsuccessfully contested for mayor's post in Meerut. Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot will be from MP.

Earlier on Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Trinamool Congress will back Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

Mumbai: Congress on Sunday nominated veteran journalist Kumar Ketkar, a recipient of the Padmashri award for Rajys Sabha elections. State Congress leaders have welcomed nomination of Ketkar. With ally Shiv Sena announcing a split in the alliance with the BJP for the next Lok Sabha polls, the party believes that his presence will strengthen its base in the state.

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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. The Congress is pinning its hopes on one out of the two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand. Nadda was elected unopposed in 2012 also.

In Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi has the capability to win all the three Upper House seats in Parliament comfortably, with 90 MLAs.

All parties have announced their list of candidates.

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