Complete list of BJP, Congress candidates for Rajya Sabha polls

Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan during Parliament’s Budget Session in New Delhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi approved the names for 23 March Rajya Sabha polls.

Biennial elections are being held for 58 Rajya Sabha seats across several states and by-poll for one in Kerala. Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane's name also appears among the list of candidates from Maharashtra.

The RJD has fielded two candidates - its national spokesman Manoj Jha and Ashfaq Karim, who runs a medical college in Katihar district of the state.

Since no other candidate is expected to file nomination, announcement of unopposed election is likely to be made on March 15 after the deadline for withdrawal ends.

It will be for the first time in 16 years that the Congress will be sending its own man to the Rajya Sabha. Three nominated members - actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga - will also retire then.

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From Karnataka, the Congress has nominated L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar. Mansukh Mandavia, minister of state for road transport and highways, and shipping, chemicals and fertilizers; and Parshottam Rupala, minister of state for panchayati raj, agriculture and farmers welfare filed their nominations for the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

The Congress fielded two candidates - tribal leader Naran Rathwa and State unit spokesperson Amee Yajnik.

Senior BJP leaders Thawar Chand Gehlot, Dharmendra Pradhan, Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni along with Congress's Rajmani Patel filed their nominations from Madhya Pradesh. JD (S) candidate G M Farooq, who had already filed his papers on Friday, submitted one more set of nomination papers on Monday.

Sources said the Congress had decided not to nominate any of its leaders, who had lost the 2017 assembly election. In total, for now, seven candidates will be trying for six seats. Going by this statistic, if MLAs of both the parties vote as per their party whip, both Congress and BJP are poised to win two seats each. Looking at the selection of the candidates and the in-fighting that has surfaced afterwards, it is clear that there is a feeling of discontent among Congress members from their central leadership. Former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, former minister Rajendra Singh and Sahu were in the race from Jharkhand.

A former minister of state for railways at the Centre, Rathwa had lost Lok Sabha election in 2014.

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