Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: A must-win for both Congress and BJP

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The four candidates who filed nomination for Maharashtra are Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javdekar, former CM Narayan Rane, V Murlidharan and state women commission's Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar.

He said that Congress has taken principal stand to not give any candidate as Money would be last day of filling nomination and scrutiny of nomination paper scheduled to be held on Mar 13.

In Rajasthan, the BJP got a shot in the arm, with tribal leader and MLA Kirori Lal Meena coming back to the party along with with two National People's Party (NPP) MLAs and filing nomination for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections.

The RJD has fielded two candidates - its national spokesman Manoj Jha and Ashfaq Karim, who runs a medical college in Katihar district of the state. The elections will be held on March 23.

Five Rajya Sabha members from the state of MP will complete their terms in April this year. Three nominated members - actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga - will also retire then.

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The party has also nominated L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar from Karnataka, while Porika Balram Naik has been nominated to contest from Telangana.

Senior lawyer and Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singvi filed his nomination from West Bengal with the support of the state's ruling TMC.

BJP leaders Dharmendra Pradhan, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni filed nominations in the Vidhan Sabha premises here. Businessman Rajeev Chandrashekhar, who secured a seat as an independent candidate last time but is seen to be close to BJP, has been named from Karnataka. It appears that both Congress and NCP do not have sufficient votes. Nearly all the candidates are certain to win due to the party's numerical strength in respective state assemblies, party sources said.

According to reports, Congress' decision to field its third candidate came as a blow to JDS that had hoped Congress would support its candidate, keeping the larger picture of the post poll scenario after the assembly elections in mind.

"She had said Yajnik is not an active member of the Congress and is a parachute candidate", Doshi said, adding that Patel's allegation was baseless. Former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, former minister Rajendra Singh and Sahu were in the race from Jharkhand.

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