Four BJP leaders, a Congress veteran elected unopposed to RS from MP

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

Keen on not letting the Congress in Karnataka nominate its third MP to the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming polls easily, the Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) has chose to crackdown on its rebel MLAs.

Political observers say the TMC extending support to Singhvi in the Rajya Sabha polls from West Bengal is a clear indication of an emerging alliance between the Mamata Banerjee-led party and the Congress, in a bid to stop the BJP's juggernaut in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. In addition, the party also has the support of three independents, including Kunda MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya.

The Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was today elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.

The Congress has 123 members, including Speaker, BJP - 43, JD (S) - 37, Badavara Shramikarra Raithara Paksha - 3, Karnataka Janata Paksha - 2, Karnataka Makkala Paksha - 1, Independents - 8, and nominated - 1.

Congress had on Sunday announced names of 10 candidates for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections in seven states, including Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal and senior journalist Kumar Ketkar from Maharashtra. Mr Prakash had already declared that he will field at least 40 candidates in the Assembly polls to defeat the Congress candidates. In case the court does not allow the seven JD (S) MLAs to vote, it would be hard for CM Siddaramaiah to ensure the victory of the third Congress candidate.

The BJP has repeated its two Union ministers for state - Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Manaviya - for election to the Upper House.

But there was a fear that he may be late and Monday was the last day of filing nomination.

BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan said Muraleedharan's Rajya Sabha entry would give strength to the fight against CPM's violence. The six members of Rajya Sabha are retiring this month and to elect the new members, elections will be held on March 23.

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