Notification out for Rajya Sabha polls for 3 seats in Odisha

07 March, 2018, 00:04 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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According to BJP sources Jaitely would be a party candidate from UP for Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received in the House by thumping of desks by Bharatiya Janata Party members as he is being chiefly credited for the party's recent electoral victories in the three northeastern states, specially the Left-ruled Tripura.

Almost half-a-dozen names are doing the rounds as probables for the seat including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, state BJP president Ajay Bhatt, in-charge of the party affairs in the state Shyam Jaju and party national spokesman Anil Baluni.

He, however, did not altogether deny chances of his joining the regional party.

The election has been necessitated as three seats in Rajya Sabha from Odisha will be lying vacant after the tenure of AU Singhdeo (BJD), Dilip Tirkey (BJD) and AV Swami (Independent) ends on April 2, 2018.

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However, the party holds its cards close to its chest when asked about ongoing speculation in the media on the issue, saying the choice of a candidate is the sole prerogative of the party s central leadership. The former Union Minister, who is a senior Congress leader, said, "There is nothing to hide if I decide to join BJD". Himachal Pradesh election committee of the BJP which met in Shimla on Monday, has forwarded its recommendation to the BJP's Parliamentary Board proposing single name for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the state.

Secretary of Bihar Assembly Ramshreshth Rai said here that notification forelection for six Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar had been issued, setting theelection process in motion.

"Nadda will be party's candidate and a decision to this effect has already has been conveyed to the national party leadership", state BJP president Satpal Satti said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.



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