BJP to withdraw Vijaya Rahatkar's name from Rajya Sabha election

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, senior BJP leader, C.T. Ravi said Mr. Chandrashekar was a Kannadiga as he was brought up in Karnataka, had studied here and lived in the state for the last 40 years.

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

Answering a query on BJP President Dharamlal Kaushik purchasing nomination form even before party announcing candidatures, the Chief Minister said it was basically a goof-up. If they (BJP) had believed in true democracy, we would not have had to spend hours in arguments. He further questioned that if Rane has accepted BJP's party membership, did he resign from the post of Swabhimani Paksh. "The truth has finally prevailed". This means the Congress can count on just 38 votes, 3 short of requirements. All this while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party party was raising objection to his nomination.

Former Rajya Sabha member Dhiraj Prasad Sahu was nominated as Congress candidate from Jharkhand.

The BJP objected to the validity of a no-dues certificate submitted by Rathwa and fielded senior leaders, including deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, state unit chief Jitu Vaghani and minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja, to ensure rejection of Rathwa's nomination.

The BJP's complaint ahead of the biennial polls to the Upper House on March 23 marks yet another instance of its all out attack on the opposition party over a Rajya Sabha election as it had earlier targeted its senior leader Ahmed Patel during polls previous year. The BJP approached the Election Commission, demanding quashing of Rathwa's nomination over alleged "irregularities".

Earlier, Rathwa said his documents were in order but BJP leaders put pressure on Returning Officer.

Vaghani said: "We are awaiting the Returning Officer's orders and will decide the next course of action after examining the document".

The BJP has fielded Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia, apart from former MLA Kiritsinh Rana. Read Also: Cong names Rathwa, Yajnik for Rajya SabhaRumour mills After Congress officially declared the names of its two candidates from Delhi late on Sunday, news surfaced that Rathwa would be replaced by Rajiv Shukla who would be flying to Gujarat.

On Wednesday, the day for withdrawal of nomination, the BJP will officially withdraw Rahatkar from the fray. Among the seven nominations accepted was BJP's dummy candidate Rajnikant Patel.

The nomination of Independent Paresh Moolani was rejected since it was not backed by the statutory number of proposers.

Vanessa Coleman