Two days before the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations, a Maharashtra minister 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 BJP, which is sure of getting three candidates elected in the ensuing poll, has fielded four nominees.
The election for the six seats was expected to be unopposed, but the BJP yesterday fielded Maharashtra 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 Vidhan Bhawan official said.
The ruling BJP is set to increase its tally from Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha and also in the state Legislative Council, given its improved strength in the 288-member Legislative Assembly post the 2014 polls.
The BJP, with its tally of 122 in the Assembly, is poised to get three Rajya Sabha seats now, while the Sena, Congress and NCP will get one each.
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