BJP clears Rajeev Chandrasekhar for Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka

Congress secures allies for Rajya Sabha polls aims to challenge BJP-led NDA in 2019 elections

The BJP and the Congress released final list of their Rajya Sabha candidates late on Sunday night with interestingly inclusion and exclusion of names. BJP nominated for Chief Minister Narayan Rane, Union Minister Prakash Jawadekar, Kerala BJP President V Muralidharan, NCP has nominated Vandana Chavan and Shiv Sena has re-nominated Anil Desai.

The BJP central leadership have decided to make one of its candidates form Kerala reach the Rajya Sabha as the Chengannur bypolls are around the corner. Stalwarts like former union minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Milind Deora and Rajiv Shukla were in race. The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) which has seven MLAs has already announced its support for the TRS candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls.

Barring senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the Congress denied Rajya Sabha renominations to all its retiring members from states where it expects to win seats.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been nominated from Uttar Pradesh while Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh along with Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

Media management has been at the core of the Narendra Modi government's strategy ever since it came to power, and now, towards the end of its fourth year, it has rewarded two of its spokespersons with Rajya Sabha berths.

During the TRS Legislative Party meeting held at Telangana Bhavan here, the Chief Minister announced the names of the TRS candidates for Rajya Sabha elections amidst cheers and applause from the Ministers and the legislators.

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Congress decision to field 3 candidates has crashed the hopes of JD (S) to win one seat with Congress support.

Congress is likely to support BSP's lone candidate in UP so that they are able to seal the deal for 2019.

All parties have announced their list of candidates. Senior UP BJP leader JPS Rathore when contacted said, "In this Rajya Sabha elections, a candidate needs 37 first preference votes to emerge victorious".

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