Accompanied by senior Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and ministers in the state cabinet, Jaitley filed the nomination papers in the central hall of the state assembly building.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has named Jaitley and seven others for the eight seats it is sure to win based on its strength (324 with allies) in the state assembly.
Speculation is rife that the BJP might name a ninth candidate as well by the time the nomination process closes later in the day.
The BJP has 28 extra votes and needs 37 to get its ninth candidate cruise through. It is already learnt to have won over four independents in the state assembly leaving it with just a few more votes needed for its 9th candidate.
The poll outcome, if elections need to be held, will be announced on March 23.
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