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BJD fields three RS candidates

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

candidates Prashanta Nanda, Ranjan Patnaik and today filed their nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections from here.

The three nominees filed their papers before the in the presence of Chief Naveen Patnaik, Bikram Keshari Arukha and other senior party leaders.

The trio filed papers for the three Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant in April. While and of an Odiya daily Ranjan Patnaik and of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, Achyuta Samanta joined the on Wednesday, Nanda was of the ruling party.

Nanda, a was elected to the state Assembly twice and had become a minister, while Ranjan Patnaik was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996.

Three seats in Rajya Sabha from the state will fall vacant as the tenure of Members A U Singhdeo and Dilip Tirkey as well as BJD-backed A V Swami is scheduled to end on April 2.

However, taking into consideration the absolute majority of the BJD in the state Assembly with 118 members in the 147-member house, the election would be a formality even if the opposition fields any candidate. In the Assembly has 14 members and BJP 10 MLAs.

As per the schedule announced by the Election Commission, the last date of filing nominations is March 12, scrutiny of nominations on March 13 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature on March 15.

The polling would begin at 9 AM and end at 4 PM while counting of votes and announcement of results would be made on March 23. The poll process would be completed on March 26.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 13:50 IST