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Jharkhand: BJP, Congress candidates file nominations for RS polls

IANS  |  Ranchi 

The two candidates from for the March 23 elections -- and -- and nominee Dheeraj Sahu filed their nominations on Monday.

Oraon and Santhalia were accompanied by Raghubar Das, and state ministers and legislators when they went to file their nominations.

While the of the party had on Sunday evening announced the name of as their first candidate from the state for the upper House election, state earlier in the day announced the name of as its second candidate.

By fielding two candidates for the two seats, the BJP is trying to repeat the 2016 feat, despite the fact that numbers are not adequate for victory of both.

"The legislators will cast their votes hearing the voice of their conscience," Giluwa told reporters when asked how they would manage the numbers for the second candidate.

In the 82-member assembly, a contestant needs at least 27 votes to win. The ruling BJP has 43 and four would come from its ally All Students Union (AJSU).

For the second candidate, the BJP has support of 20 legislators. For the rest, the BJP is depending on the Independent and small party legislators who number seven.

Congress' Sahu, who filed his nomination in presence of party's Dr Ajay Kumar, is supported by the MUkti Morcha (JMM) and others.

The JMM has 18 legislators and seven. The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajantarik (JVM-P) has two legislators, who are likely to support the nominee.

In 2016, the BJP had won both seats by denting the opposition unity.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 01:10 IST
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