The seat is being vacated by Congress member Shadi Lal Batra.
While filing his nomination, 67-year-old Vats was accompanied by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, many Cabinet colleagues including Ram Bilas Sharma and Abhimanyu, and BJP legislators from the state.
Later, when Vats was present in the visitors' gallery of the state Assembly for a brief period to watch the proceedings of the Budget Session, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar informed the House that only one nomination was filed today, the last day of filing papers.
Khattar said once the results are declared, Vats was set to be elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed. No other candidate had filed the nomination papers for the seat.
He served as the chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission between May 2011 and April 2012 during the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in the state.
Talking to reporters here, Vats said that he belonged to a family of farmers and had even played a role in "creating modern outlook of the khaps (or caste councils)".
"By training and conviction, a soldier is a nationalist," Vats said before filing his papers and added that a nation where a soldier was respected remained safe and secure.
Once elected, he said, he would raise issues of national importance and never indulge in any kind of petty politics.
He appealed to the people to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, he said, was leading the nation on the path of progress.
"I also appeal to all to strengthen the hands of the BJP which is a symbol of the country's development, and give majority to the party in next elections as well to help maintain the momentum of growth," he said.
Haryana's Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma thanked his party's senior leadership for nominating Vats. He said former Army chief General V K Singh who was given a Cabinet berth in the Modi cabinet also belonged to the state.
Sharma said Haryana constituted just 2 per cent of the country's land mass, but formed nearly 11 per cent of the nation's armed forces strength.
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