BJP moves EC against Congress' Rajya Sabha nominee in Gujarat

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

The Congress' national leadership has partially endorsed Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah's selection of candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls from the state, but has also imposed a visible check on his unilateral decision-making powers.

The BJP did try to avoid a backlash this time by announcing Mr Chandrashekar's name just 12 hours before filing of nominations for the RS poll, but the strategy doesn't seem to have worked.

In the affidavit given by BJP leader V Muraleedharan along with his nomination paper for the Rajya Sabha election, there are some serious mistakes, according to reports.

"We have informed the Election Commission about the irregularities in the nomination forms of Congress Rajya Sabha candidate Naran Rathwa and independent PK Valera", Mr Goyal later told reporters.

Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia are the nominees of the BJP while the Congress has fielded Amiben Yagnik and tribal leader Naran Rathwa.

Referring to the TMC's support to the Congress' Rajya Sabha candidate, Pradip Bhattacharya, last year, he said, "Earlier also we had taken the TMC's support to send our candidate to the Upper House (of Parliament)". But senior BJP leaders created disturbance and brought lawyers and tried to put pressure on Returning Officer.

The BJP on Tuesday said that the bickering and infighting in the Congress have come out with Rajya Sabha nominations and added that by fielding P K Valera as an Independent candidate, the Congress has proved that there is an atmosphere of mistrust in the party. Meanwhile, BJP alleged that there was anger among Congress leaders as the party had sprung surprises in candidate selection.

The AP assembly has 175 MLAS, out of which 125 legislators (including 22 defections from the YSRCP) are from the TDP, 44 from the YSRCP, four from the BJP and two independents. The BJP, however, is gambling on Rahatkar's fourth candidature.

Asked if the BJP approached the Central Election Commission on the issue, Gohil said: "Let them go wherever they (BJP) want to".

The JD (S)' request to the Congress to support its candidate has not yielded positive results with the former pressing for three MPs to be nominated to negate the seat loss from Uttar Pradesh.

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