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Meena's rejoining BJP will help make Rajasthan Congress-free: Raje

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

today said she was confident that tribal leader and MLA Kirori Lal Meena's coming back to the BJP will be a step towards making the state Congress-free.

The said this outside the Assembly after Meena filed his nomination for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections.

Meena, who had separated from the BJP in 2008, rejoined the party yesterday along with his two (NPP) MLAs.

He, as the state of the NPP, which he had joined in 2013, also merged his party with the BJP.

"Meena will walk shoulder-to-shoulder in making the state Congress-free", Raje said, adding that the BJP will form government in the Centre and in

The was accompanied by state

Meena, after filing his nomination, saidWe will work for the Mission-180 seats in the election slated this year-end."

"I will also try to convince other BJP dissidents to join main stream and raise the issues of people of the state in Rajya Sabha, he said.

Sitting Bhupendra Yadav, Meena and today filed three sets of nominations each as the BJP candidates for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections from Rajasthan.

Returning administered oath to the candidates after filing the nomination.

A BJP said that all three leaders were welcomed at the today and they later filed nominations for Rajya Sabha seats from Rajasthan at the

Meena along with Yadav and Saini were chosen as the Rajya Sabha candidates, the said.

Opposition had previously announced that it would not field candidates for the biennial Rajya Sabha election.

The tenure of Yadav and two MPs and is expiring on April 3.

Today was the last date for filing of nominations. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on March 13, whereas last date for withdrawing names will be March 15.

Voting will take place on March 23 from 9 am to 4 pm and counting will be done on the same day at 5 pm.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:45 IST