ALSO READHP BJP meet tomorrow to recommend candidate for RS seat falling vacant on April 2 BJD, Cong blame BJP over delay in conduct of Bijepur by-polls Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Achyuta Samanta join BJD Voting for 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23 EC releases schedule for 58 Rajya Sabha seats from 16 states
The nomination papers of all the three ruling BJD candidates were today found valid while that of the lone Independent candidate was rejected during scrutiny for the coming Rajya Sabha elections from Odisha, Returning Officer Rajesh Prabhakar Patil said. The three Biju Janata Dal candidates - Prashant Nanda, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Achyuta Samanta - had filed their nomination on March 9. The nomination papers filed by independent candidate Subash Mohapatra was rejected as he could not arrange the required number of proposers, the returning officer said. The BJD candidates are certain to get elected to the Upper House of the Parliament as it has 118 MLAs out of the total 147 Assembly seats in the state. The opposition Congress and BJP which have 15 MLAs and 10 MLAs respectively, have not fielded any candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections. Polling will be held between 9 am and 4 pm on March 23, while votes will be counted at 5 pm the same day.
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