JP Nadda all set to elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Himachal

Congress secures allies for Rajya Sabha polls aims to challenge BJP-led NDA in 2019 elections

The Congress and the BJP candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls are likely to file their nominations on March 12, the last day for filing nomination papers.

During the previous biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha, six years back, the SP managed to win six seats by dint of its strength in the state Assembly, whose members are voters in the indirect poling.

Meanwhile, Preeti Mahapatra, Sudhanshu Trivedi and Arun Singh from BJP are also in the race and one among them would grab the Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh.

Accompanied by party Vice President Kirnmoy Nanda, chief spokesman Rajendra Chowdhary, Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav and Sahara India founder Subrata Roy, Jaya Bachchan filed three sets of papers at the Central Hall of the state Assembly here.

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The seat is falling vacant on April 2 following the expiry of Nadda's first term. The BJP may field either Rajeev Chandrasekhar or Vijay Sankeshwar.

The polling and counting of votes for 59 Rajya Sabha seats will take place on 23 March and the election is significant because almost a fourth of the Upper House is going to polls and it could impact the arithmetic of the house. He is learnt to have told the Congress high command that the party can easily win three seats.

Rajmani Patel, Kumar Ketkar, Porika Bairam Naik and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are contesting from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and West Bengal respectively. An alliance for Rajya Sabha polls is likely to be favourable to mount a challenge to the NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Just a day after the Rajya Sabha polls, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will be holding a dinner on March 13 where she has invited leaders of almost 14 opposition parties.

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