Independent Rajya Sabha Lawmaker Rajeev Chandrasekhar Joins BJP

  • Independent Rajya Sabha Lawmaker Rajeev Chandrasekhar Joins BJP

Independent Rajya Sabha Lawmaker Rajeev Chandrasekhar Joins BJP

He filed the nomination papers for the election of the Upper House of the Parliament from Uttar Pradesh.

He was talking to ANI after filing his Rajya Sabha nomination from Madhya Pradesh here. The BJP will be putting up three candidates, the Congress two, and there will be an independent candidate.

Independent MLAs like Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiyya, Vinod Saroj, Aman Mani Tripathi and Vijay Mishra sided with the BJP in the presidential election.

The saffron party is assured of three seats from Maharashtra this time, so it has chose to field HRD minister Javadekar and former state chief minister Narayan Rane along with V. Muraleedharan, who is a former Kerala BJP party chief.

The final nomination was filed by Congress candidate Akhilesh Prasad Singh, who was a junior minister in UPA I, representing RJD.

Not wanting to take any chances, the Congress has also fielded party leader P. K. Valera as an independent candidate, as a backup arrangement.

The poll outcome, if elections need to be held, will be announced on March 23.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar and sitting Rajya Sabha members Anil Desai (Shiv Sena) and Vandana Chavan (NCP) filed their papers last week.

The party announced the names of seven union ministers and one general secretary for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in various states. Yeddyurappa welcomed the move and said, "I welcome Rajeev Chandrasekhar's nomination". Consequently, Congress has named L. Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrashekhar. "This might split the votes of Congress MLAs", Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said. The BJP chose to field its own candidate in the seat nevertheless. Rana's candidature was announced thereafter.

The Congress fielded two candidates - tribal leader Naran Rathwa and State unit spokesperson Amee Yajnik.

Congress RS nominee from Maharashtra is Kumar Ketkar.

Ruling out support to B.M. Farooq of the JD (S) for the third Rajya Sabha seat from the State, the Congress has chose to field AICC Spokesperson Syed Naseer Hussain, former Chairman of KUWS&DB G.C. Chandrashekar, and former MLC L. Hanumanthaiah.