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Jaitley, Prasad, Pradhan file nominations for Mar 23 RS polls

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow/Patna/Ahmedabad 

Union ministers Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and were among the prominent candidates who filed their nomination papers for the March 23 polls in various states.

Finance Jaitley, a sitting member of the from Gujarat, was among the 11 BJP nominees who filed their papers from

Union ministers Purushottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia of BJP filed their nominations from

Law Ravi Shankar Prasad, joined the fray once again from his home state Bihar, while Pradhan, for petroleum and natural gas, filed his papers from Pradhan is a sitting member from

Social Justice and threw his hat into the ring from

and filed his nomination from with the support of the state's ruling TMC.

Biennial elections are being held for 58 seats across several states and by-poll for one in

The by-poll in was necessitated following the resignation of JD(U)'s M P Veerendra Kumar, who had quit to after party president and returned to the NDA fold. Veerendra Kumar's term would have expired in April 2022.

today filed his nomination as an backed by the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF.

A contest looks certain in with 14 candidates filing their nominations for the 10 seats. A candidate requires 37 first preference votes for a straight win and the ruling BJP can easily win eight. Altogether 11 BJP contestants are in the fray and some of them may be asked to withdraw, party sources said.

Today was the last day for filing nominations, which can be withdrawn by March 15.

The infighting in the unit of the came to fore today with party leader P K entering the fray as an independent.

Altogether seven candidates are in the fray from the state where polling will be held for four seats.

In the 182-member Assembly, the ruling BJP has 99 MLAs and the opposition 77. Both the parties are in a position to send two candidates each to the Rajya Sabha. A candidate can score a straight win with 38 votes.

While Mandavia and Rupala are official BJP nominees, the Congress has fielded Amiben Yagnik and tribal leader Later, BJP's Kiritsinh Rana, a former MLA, entered the race as the third candidate.

However, the entry of Valera, a former IAS of the Gujarat Congress, has made the elections interesting.

According to Deputy Nitin Patel, Rana has been fielded as the party sees an opportunity for the victory of a third candidate due to the infighting in the Congress.

Former and were among the four candidates who filed their nominations in today. had filed his papers earlier.

The elections for the six seats were expected to be unopposed but the BJP also fielded State Commission for Women chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar, taking the number of candidates in fray to seven.

Rane, a former and Congress hand, is contesting the election as a BJP nominee, while Ketkar is in fray on a Congress ticket.

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

In Bhopal, senior BJP leaders Thawar Chand Gehlot, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Kailash Soni, besides Rajmani Patel of the Congress filed their nominations from The BJP looks set to win four seats and the Congress one.

Tribal leader and MLA Kirori Meena, sitting Rajya Sabha and filed nominations from Yadav is also a BJP The Congress is not contesting the elections from the state.

In Haryana, D P Vats filed his papers as a BJP candidate and looks set to win hands down.

Anil Baluni, the of the BJP and a confidante of Amit Shah, was set to get elected unopposed from Uttarakhand as his was the lone nomination.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 21:20 IST