Three BJD candidates elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed

In the past the BJP had mostly opted for non Yadav OBCs and non Jatav Dalits

As the legislature arithmetic of BJP's 99 seats and 77 of the Congress clearly indicate smooth sailing for their official nominees for the four Rajya Sabha seats, both the parties made a decision to avoid a bitter contest and asked their dummy candidates to withdraw their nominations.

He said that Returning Officer Akhil Arora declared the candidates as the victor. He, as the state president of the NPP, which he had joined in 2013, also merged his party with the BJP.

All the Rajya Sabha candidates from Gujarat are likely to be elected unanimously on March 23, with both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress withdrawing their third nominations on Thursday.

A total of four seats were up for grabs from the state.

CM said she had raked up issues pertaining to state with the central leadership of party as party's National General Secretary and now that she's going to be elected to Rajya Sabha, she can raise up issues in Parliament as well.

"BJP candidate Kirsitsinh Rana and independent nominee P.K. Valera, along with other dummy candidates have withdrawn their papers, leaving only four candidates", according to Karova. The poll panel, however, ruled out any immediate intervention.

Answering a query that for the first time the party has allocated candidature keeping the caste-based equations at bay, the Chief Minister said Rajya Sabha is an Upper House, where people who have certain capabilities/ specialists and here equations doesn't have much significance.

The ruling BJP has 99 MLAs while the opposition Congress 77. Each candidate has to get 44.5 votes (45 votes) to enter the Rajya Sabha. As of now there are seven candidates in the fray for six seats from Maharashtra.

There was a last-minute hiccup as the BJP fielded Vijaya Rahatkar - the chairperson of the state women's commission - as a fourth candidate, forcing an election in one of the seats.

All five candidates filed their nominations papers on March 12, which were found to be valid during scrutiny on the next day.

Farooq had earlier too contested as JDS candidate during the biennial elections to fill four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka in June 2016.

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