SP candidate Jaya Bachchan files nomination for Rajya Sabha

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 elections will be held on March 23 and the deadline for submission of nominations is March 12. The party has made a decision to fill them up by naming Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, GVL Narasimha Rao and Harnath Singh Yadav from there. The polling for 58 upper house seats is scheduled on March 23, 2018.

State president of RJD Ram Chandra Purvey announced the names of candidates before media persons at party office.

"The nomination papers will be scrutinised on Tuesday and last date for withdrawal of candidates is on Thursday".

Shiv Sena nominated one candidate while BJP nominated four of its candidates. But will the Congress manage to fight anti-incumbency in the one of the few states it governs in India following the Modi wave?

Meanwhile, Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha, Rajmani Patel also filed nomination papers in presence of party leaders, including State President Arun Yadav, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Ajay Singh, MLAs Jeetu Patwari, Hardeep Singh Dung, Spokesman Ravi Saxena etc.

The Congress had the names of 10 of its candidates on Sunday that excluded most of its big names in the Rajya Sabha, including Rajeev Shukla and Satyavrat Chaturvedi.

Former Rajya Sabha member Dhiraj Prasad Sahu was nominated as Congress candidate from Jharkhand. However, arithmetic favours the Congress that apparently has support from seven rebel JDS MLAs, who are expected to join the party after the Rajya Sabha polls. Consequently, Congress has named L. Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrashekhar. Given the strength of the LDF in the Assembly, Kumar's victory is certain. Fearing defections and allegedly facing threats, the Congress had then packed off its MLAs to a luxury resort near Bengaluru.

Vanessa Coleman