Narayan Rane to contest Rajya Sabha elections on BJP ticket

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Ahead of the last date for Rajya Sabha election nominations on Monday, national parties the BJP and Congress announced the names of their respective candidates on Sunday. The counting of votes shall be done on March 23, the day of voting itself.

The party also announced the candidature of Muralidharan with an eye on Kerala, where the party wants to expand its footprint following the defeat of the Left Front in Tripura. On Sunday, BJP released a list with 18 names, while Congress released the list with 10 names who will be contesting for the upcoming Rajya Sabha. So, the party opted to nominate Jaitley from Uttar Pradesh.

The leader added that a section of the BJP leadership in the state including Fadnavis feels that accommodating Rane in the state cabinet as a senior minister would send a wrong signal to loyal party cadres.

In UP there are 10 seats up for grabs. Later, celebrations broke out at the party office as party activists made a beeline to congratulate the Rajya Sabha candidates.

BJP general secretaries Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey, its spokespersons Anil Baluni and G V L Narasimha Rao and entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar are among the candidates, according to a party statement.

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From Haryana, the party has chose to put up Lt. Gen. (retd) D.P. Vats, a former director and commandant of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, who was earlier seen as close to Bhupinder Singh Hooda's Congress government in the state.

Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni will contest from Madhya Pradesh.

Besides these seven ministers, the BJP has renominated its General Secretary Bhupender Yadav from Rajasthan.

Party president Rahul Gandhi cleared the names, which include former Union minister Naranbhai Rathwa and party spokesperson Amee Yajnik from Gujarat, senior leader Dhiraj Prasad Sahu from Jharkhand, former state minister Rajmani Patel from Madhya Pradesh and former Union minister Porika Balram Naik from Telangana.

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