BJP adds dramatic twist to Rajya Sabha elections by adding fourth candidate

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

The official also accepted the nomination of Independent candidate P. K. Valera, backed by the Congress. The BJP fielded senior leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Vaghani to ensure the rejection of Rathwa's nomination.

Late last night, the AICC announced former revenue minister of the Arjun Singh government Rajmani Patel, who led a backwards movement in the state during the early Eighties as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha.

Goyal said the BJP delegation informed the EC about?irregularities? in nomination forms of Rathwa and also Valera.

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The BJP's complaint today followed its whip Suresh Angadi's complaint to the Lok Sabha Speaker, alleging?gross irregularities? in granting several no objection certificates given to Rathwa.

"From which party has Narayan Rane filed his nomination?"

BJP, which has enough numbers to elect only eight candidates to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, fielded its ninth candidate - Anil Agarwal, who is chairman of HRIT Group of Institutes in Ghaziabad, making the task hard for BSP candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar, who was hoping to go to Rajya Sabha with the support of SP and Congress MLAs. The BJP claimed that Rathwa had submitted a fake No Dues Certificate and failed to mention serious criminal cases in his affidavit to the Election Commission.

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The Congress deployed Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, and senior party leader Shaktisinh Gohil to put forward Rathwa's case.

"The objections raised by the BJP during the scrutiny process of our Rajya Sabha candidates lack substance".

The BJP has fielded Union ministers Purshottam Rupala, Mansukh Mandavia, and former MLA Kiritsinh Rana, while the Congress nominated Amiben Yagnik and Naran Rathwa.

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In terms of caste equation, the party has chose to field candidates from minority (Naseer Hussain - Ballari), Dalit (L Hanumanthiah - Bengaluru Rural) and dominant Vokkalinga community (G C Chandrashekar-Hassan). After electing eight candidates, which require about 37 votes each, Party would have about 28 votes as spare, which would go in favour of its ninth candidate Anil Agarwal.

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