Rajya Sabha polls 2018: Full list of candidates


Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accompanied Rane and former Kerala BJP president V Muraleedharan when they filed their nomination papers at the Vidhan Bhawan on Monday.

The other nominee Ajay Pratap Singh, belongs to the state's Vindhya region while Soni, who is the national president of Misa Bandi Sangthan, represents the Mahakoushal area. Valera filed his nomination papers apparently with the support of some Congress MLAs, after two official candidates Amiben Yagnik and tribal leader Naran Rathwa filed their forms.

The quota to win Rajya Sabha elections is 41 votes. BJP nominated businessman Rajeev Chandrashekar, who was an Independent Rajya Sabha member and joined the party on Monday. Three nominated members - actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga - will also retire then.

The voting for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from 16 states for a total of 58 members is set to take place on March 23, while March 15 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

The party has fielded Rane from Maharashtra, Jain and Rao from Uttar Pradesh, Pandey from Chhattisgarh and Baluni from Uttarakhand, according to a party statement.

The Congress has fielded L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar from Karnataka.

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BJP's resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh over a year ago has helped it secure seven seats.

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

The SP's decision to field Jaya Bachchan as the party's candidate from the single seat it is likely to win led to the resignation of party veteran Naresh Agarwal from the party.

The Congress and BJP announced the list of candidates only yesterday. But will the Congress manage to fight anti-incumbency in the one of the few states it governs in India following the Modi wave?

The Sena has 63 MLAs, but the Congress does not expect to receive its surplus votes despite the smaller partner's anger at the BJP.

"I will keep working hard for welfare of people of MP, Odisha & the whole Country.", said Minister Pradhan to media.