Rajya Sabha polls: Congress fields 10 candidates

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the flagging off event for a fleet of new passenger buses and fire brigade vehicles in Howrah near on Tuesday

Saroj Pandey, who had lost the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, has been fielded from Chhattisgarh, Madan Lal Saini from Rajasthan, Lt Gen D P Vats (retd) from Haryana, Kailash Soni and Ajay Pratap Singh from Madhya Pradesh, Chandrasekhar from Karnataka and Sameer Oraon from Jharkhand.

Out of the six states from which BJP candidates for the Upper House polls have been announced, five of them are now ruled by the saffron party.

However, with time running short and tomorrow being the last date for filing nomination, both the National Parties has to announce their candidates by on Monday morning.

The Congress on Sunday released list of eight candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections.

In other reports, the Congress, earlier today, announced its support for the candidature of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) nominee Bhim Rao Ambedkar for the Rajya Seat from Uttar Pradesh. The BJP wants to nurture its own leadership in the Rajbhar community.

The BJP central leadership have chose to make one of its candidates form Kerala reach the Rajya Sabha as the Chengannur bypolls are around the corner.

Maharashtra Swabhiman Party (MSP) chief Narayan Rane will file his nomination papers on March 12.

However, Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said his party had two years ago given its one seat to the NCP during the biennial polls to get Council Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar and Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde elected.

In the UP Assembly, the BJP and its allies now have 324 seats (BJP's Noorpur MLA died recently in a road accident).

At present, the BJP has 58 members in the Rajya Sabha, while the NDA as a whole has 82.

In the 245-member Upper House of Parliament, Uttar Pradesh has 31 seats being the most populous state of the country.

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