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UP Legislative Council polls: Smooth sailing likely for all 13 candidates

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

All 13 candidates, including two ministers, who have filed their nominations for the vacant Legislative Council seats are set to get elected unopposed as no extra candidate entered the fray at the end of filing of nominations today, an said.

Unlike the recent Rajya Sabha elections in the state, which saw cross-voting, the polls will not witness a similar scenario as there was virtually no possibility of polling scheduled for April 26.

"As many as 13 candidates have filed their nomination papers for 13 seats," returning said.

Scrutiny of nomination papers will be taken up tomorrow, and if all the documents are found valid, all the 13 candidates are likely to be declared elected unopposed. However, an declaration might not be made till the last date of withdrawal, which is April 19, officials said.

While the and the have fielded one candidate each, the BJP has put up 10 candidates, including two UP government ministers and Mohsin Raza. BJP ally (S) is contesting one seat.

The has fielded its state unit Naresh Uttam, while the has nominated BR Ambedkar, who lost in the Rajya Sabha polls.

The saffron party has rewarded some turncoats, who had resigned from the Legislative Council last year to facilitate Chief Yogi Adityanath, his two deputies and two other cabinet colleagues to get the membership of the of the state Legislature.

Apart from the two state ministers, the other BJP candidates are Sarojini Agarwal, Bukkal Nawab, Yashwant Singh, Jaiveer Singh, Vidhyasagar Sonkar, Vijay Bahadur Pathak, and

Kataria, Sonkar and Pathak are general secretaries of the state BJP unit, while Dhawan, a former MLC, hails from

Meanwhile, (Sonelal) Arvind Sharma, in an statement said the will be its candidate.

In September last year, Adityanath, his two deputies and two ministers were declared elected unopposed to the state Legislative Council.

The chief had filed his nomination for the seat vacated by then member Yashwant Singh, while Deputy Chief had filed his papers for the seat held by member Bukkal Nawab. Their term was to expire in July, 2022.

Deputy had filed his nomination for the seat vacated by and for the seat vacated by then SP member Sarojni Agarwal. Their term was to expire in January, 2021.

Raza, the only Muslim minister in the Adityanath cabinet, had filed his nomination for the seat vacated by member Thakur Bajpai was recently rewarded with a Rajya Sabha seat from UP.

The SP, headed by Akhilesh Yadav, had initially fielded two candidates, but withdrew one of them, paving the way for to contest one seat for her support to the SP in the bypolls to the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats.

In the 100-member Legislative Council, the BJP has only 13 representatives, the SP 61, the BSP nine, the two, the RLD one and others 12. Two seats are vacant.

According to the (EC), the tenure of 13 MLCs, including SP national and two ministers in the -- and -- will end on May 5.

Of the 13 seats falling vacant, seven were held by the SP, two each by the BJP and the BSP and one by the RLD. The 13th seat, which was held by former SP minister Ambika Chaudhary, fell vacant when he switched over to the BSP.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:50 IST