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BJP keen on having Rajya Sabha polls unopposed: Maha minister

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Two days before the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations, a today said the BJP was keen to ensure

unopposed election to six seats from the state, as seven candidates are in fray for the March 23 polls.

"The party is of the view that elections should be (held) unopposed. We have apprised leaders of other parties about our wish," state parliamentary affairs said.

The BJP, which is sure of getting three candidates elected in the ensuing poll, has fielded four nominees.

Former and were among the four candidates who yesterday filed their nominations for the biennial elections.

The election for the six seats was expected to be unopposed, but the BJP yesterday fielded State Commission for Women chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar, taking up the number of candidates in fray to seven.

March 15 is the deadline for withdrawal of papers, a said.

and sitting members (Shiv Sena) and (NCP) filed their papers last week.

The ruling BJP is set to increase its tally from Maharashtra in the and also in the state Legislative Council, given its improved strength in the 288-member post the 2014 polls.

At present, the opposition and the NCP hold two seats each, while the and the BJP have a piece each of these six seats of the of Parliament.

The BJP, with its tally of 122 in the Assembly, is poised to get three Rajya Sabha seats now, while the Sena, and NCP will get one each.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 19:05 IST