Dharmendra Pradhan files nomination paper for Rajya Sabha from MP

Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav with Jaya Bachchan

The Congress candidates are former Union minister Naran Rathwa-a tribal leader-and Ami Yagnik who is a lawyer and a media face for the party.

With keen eyes on the upcoming biennial Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for the 23 of this month, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have named eighteen and ten candidates, respectively. However, a senior Sena leader said that the party would never support the BJP to get one more seat in the Rajya Sabha. I have already been a Member of Parliament for five years - two times from Rajya Sabha and three times from Lok Sabha. The party has made a decision to fill them up by naming Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, GVL Narasimha Rao and Harnath Singh Yadav from there. The Congress, which has 120 MLAs, can send at least two MPs with 45 votes each.

Muraleedharan would file his nomination to contest for the RS seat on Monday.

UP BJP vice-president JPS Rathore told PTI, "The party has fielded 11 candidates for the ongoing Rajya Sabha elections from UP". From here, all party MLAs and senior party leaders will leave for Legislative Assembly along with Pandey at 12 noon in the form of a rally, where she will be filing nominations. Party sources said that the BJP leadership seems to have nixed the possibility of accommodating any one remotely close to any other leader.

In total, for now, seven candidates will be trying for six seats. Pradhan is a sitting Rajya Sabha member from Bihar.

The BJP candidates who filed their nominations today were: Union Finance Minister Jaitley, Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, Harnath Singh Yadav, GVL Narasimha Rao, Anil Kumar Agarwal, Salil Bishnoi and Vidyasagar Sonkar.

The Manoj Jha and Ashfaq Karim of the RJD and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress also filed nominations.

The other nominee Ajay Pratap Singh, belongs to the state's Vindhya region while Soni, who is the national president of Misa Bandi Sangthan, represents the Mahakoushal area. Former Maharashtra Congress leader Narayan Rane and the BJP's Kerala face V Muralidharan are the the BJP candidates from Maharashtra.

Congresss too fielded journalist Kumar Ketkar as its candidate from Maharashtra.

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