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BJP fields S Jaishankar for Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat after he joins party

A minister who is not a member of Parliament has to be elected as its member within six months of his or her swearing in

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

S Jaishankar
File photo of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

The BJP on Monday named External Affairs Minister as its candidate for a seat from Gujarat, hours after he joined the saffron party in the presence of its working J P Nadda.

Jaishankar, a career diplomat and former foreign secretary, was inducted by Prime Minister in his government and given the high profile ministry in a surprise development.

He was sworn in as a Cabinet minister along with other members of the government on May 30.

A minister who is not a has to be elected as its member within six months of his or her swearing in.

His joining the BJP was a mere formality after he was inducted in the government. He became a party member at a ceremony at its office in Parliament.

Bypolls to two seats were necessitated after and another party leader were elected to the Lok Sabha, causing the vacancies.

The BJP is set to win both the seats. It has named Jugalji Mathurji Thakor its candidate for the second seat.

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First Published: Mon, June 24 2019. 21:30 IST