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Narayan Rane among 18 BJP candidates announced for Rajya Sabha polls

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Sunday announced the names of 18 candidates, including former Narayan Rane, for the biennial elections to the from nine states.

The announcement came after the meeting of the

BJP will contest from Chhattisgarh, the party's Media Cell Convenor Anil Baluni from Uttarakhand, and (retd) from

Independent member will be the BJP candidate from In case he wins, it will be his second term in the Earlier, he was elected to the upper house as an Independent.

The party has nominated tribal leader to contest the March 23 Rajya Sabha polls from

The highest number of seven candidates -- Ashok Bhajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, and -- will contest from

Madan Lal Saini and Kirori Lal Meena have been fielded from while and (Kerala) will contest from

and will contest from

On Wednesday, the BJP had renominated to the Rajya Sabha all eight Union Ministers, including and Prakash Javadekar, apart from its and key from

While Jaitley was nominated from Uttar Pradesh, Javadekar was shifted to his home state from Jaitley is currently a Rajya Sabha member from

was shifted to from

Voting to elect 58 members to the Rajya Sabha from different states will take place on March 23. The last date for filing nominations is March 12. March 15 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

There are 10 vacancies from Uttar Pradesh, six each from and Maharashtra, five each from Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four each from and Karnataka, three each from Odisha, Rajasthan, and Telangana, two from and one each from Haryana, Chhattisgarh, and Uttarakhand.



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 22:06 IST