Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

BJP rewards spokespersons, bows to local factors in Rajya Sabha candidates' list

BJP rewards spokespersons, bows to local factors in Rajya Sabha candidates' list

Rejecting the BJP's allegations, Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil, who was present on behalf of the party during the scrutiny process, said that Rathwa, who has not been a minister since 2009, has submitted "notarised" certificates.

Farook of the JD (S) has already filed his nomination papers.

Seven candidates, including Valera and Rana, have filed nominations for four seats falling vacant from the state, for which elections will be held on March 23.

Former Union Minister Naranbhai Rathwa, who represented Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency in Gujarat for the five terms, was also nominated along with Congress leader and prominent lawyer Amee Yajnik from Gujarat.

Chandrashekar is the third candidate of the Congress.

The Congress party has made a decision to field Syed Naseer Hussain, AICC spokesman, L Hanumanthaiah, former MLC and former Kannada Development Authority chairman, and G C Chandrashekar, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary and former Chairman of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB). This is what her affidavits filed during mayoral elections in November previous year and Rajya Sabha elections now, say.

The party nominated three candidates from Karnataka, including Dalit poet L Hanumanthaiah and Vokkalinga leader GC Chandrasekhar. The day started with a buzz that Rathwa may not file his nomination in absence of required documents.

A short while after 2:30 PM, almost half an hour before the 3-PM deadline for filing of papers, Rathwa turned up along with state Congress leaders at the office of Returning Officer here and submitted his papers. The party opted for Syed Naseer Hussain as its third candidate. However, leaders of both the BJP and the Congress denied that Mulani was associated with them.

The BJP did try to avoid a backlash this time by announcing Mr Chandrashekar's name just 12 hours before filing of nominations for the RS poll, but the strategy doesn't seem to have worked.

Meanwhile, the Congress too has issued its Rajya Sabha candidates' list.

"Today's episode has brought to the fore tremendous infighting in the Congress camp".

Extending support to Valera is seen as a tactical move of the Congress to save its second seat in case there is any threat to Rathwas candidature. "This might split the votes of Congress MLAs", Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said. Also, the party was keen on winning 25 of the 28 assembly seats in Bengaluru in the coming state poll and believed he could deliver the goods.

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