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Anxious moments for Congress as Rathwa files RS nomination in Gujarat

IANS  |  Gandhinagar 

The opposition had some anxious moments after former and on Monday filed their nominations as its candidates for two of the four seats from

The opposition party is backing P.K. Valera, a former bureaucrat, who threw his hat in the ring at the last minute due to technical hitches with Rathwa's candidature.

and Rajeev Shukla, party sources said in Delhi, was ready at the eleventh hour to fly to Gandhinagar in a chartered flight to ensure the did not lose a sure seat if Rathwa's papers were rejected.

But the airport authorities refused permission since re-carpeting was in progress.

However, Rathwa managed to show evidence about his valid vote in his hometown Chhotaudepur.

The ruling has fielded three candidates, including two sitting members.

Besides Union of State Parshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia, the ruling BJP has fielded senior Kiritsinh Rana, stating there could be cross-voting due to Valera's nomination as a third candidate backed by the Congress.

All four seats are currently represented by the BJP, including one by Arun Jaitley, who has been moved to since the party does not have adequate numbers to win all four seats this time.

With 99 MLAs in a 182-member Assembly, the BJP can easily win two seats.

The Congress with 77 legislators, besides the four Independents and one member, also has the numbers this time to send two members to the



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:36 IST