Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekar joins BJP

RS Poll Mamata Banerjee announces TMC's support for Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal

RS Poll Mamata Banerjee announces TMC's support for Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has re-nominated parliamentarian CM Ramesh for a second term in the Rajya Sabha, while Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar will be the party's second candidate for the biennial elections to three seats in Andhra Pradesh.

Rane had met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi last week along with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadanvis.

Former Rajya Sabha member Dhiraj Prasad Sahu was nominated as Congress candidate from Jharkhand. Stalwarts like former union minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Milind Deora and Rajiv Shukla were in race.

The BSP is counting heavily on the "surplus" votes of the SP, besides support from the Congress and the RLD for the victory of its lone candidate in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from Uttar Pradesh.

Elections to 58 Rajya Sabha seats in several states are slated to be held on 23 March.

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The party has strategically chosen its candidates in Kerala, poll-bound Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh. Union human resource minister Prakash Javadekar, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, is shifted to Maharashtra.

The BJP has made a decision to field general secretaries Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey as well its national media in charge Anil Baluni and party's familiar face on television G V L Narasimha Rao among others as candidates for the March 23 Rajya Sabha biennial elections.

By fielding a Vokkaliga leader as the third candidate, it has put the JD (S) in a spot.

The Trinamool Congress has already announced its support for Singhvi's candidature.

The BJP, which has a 45-member strength in the State Assembly, can easily win one Rajya Sabha seat and the party plans to spring a surprise by fielding a party worker. Curiously a number of usual suspects such as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav or some heavy weights from UP would be accommodated, but that simply did not happen. Rane had been told by the party leadership that he could not be accommodated at this stage in the state cabinet, a senior state BJP functionary confirmed.

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