Amit Shah eyes Parliament; to contest Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat

Jul 31, 2017, 00:49
Amit Shah eyes Parliament; to contest Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat

Gandhinagar: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani files her nomination papers for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gandhinagar on July 28, 2017.

BJP's woman tribal leader Sampatia Uike from MP will be fielded in the RS by-election from Gujarat, Union Minister JP Nadda said.

Shah, the MLA from Naranpura, has opted for a Rajya Sabha seat for the first time.

BJP's national president, Amit Shah is all set to join the national politics with his latest move.

While Shah and Irani were nominated by the central leadership a few days back, Rajput, who was Congress' chief whip in the Assembly, was declared the BJP's third candidate shortly after he quit both from the House and the party.

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As many as 9 Rajya Sabha members will see their term ending in August.

Their names were announced by senior party leader J P Nadda after the meeting of the party panel. He had contested Assembly elections from Siddhpur constituency in 1998 as Congress candidate but lost to BJP's Jay Narayan Vyas.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is now the MP from the state and his party is likely to renominate him.

The BJP does not have numbers to win any seat in West Bengal, but it will win the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh, which fell vacant after the demise of environment minister Anil Madhav Dave.

The tenure of members from West Bengal - O'Brien (TMC), Debabrata Bandhopadhyay (TMC), Pradip Bhattacharya (Cong), Yechury (CPM), Sukhenduhakhar Roy (TMC) and Dola Sen (TMC) ends on August 18.

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