New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday named candidates for upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in the country. A total of fourteen candidates have been named by the party including former Union minister R P N Singh and Sudhanshu Trivedi, who have been renominated.
The party has replaced Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar, and BJP chief spokesperson Anil Baluni with fresh faces. While Chandrasekhar represents Karnataka in the Upper House of the Parliament, Baluni is an MP from Uttarakhand.
Party names new faces
Among the new faces include Narayana K Bhandage from Karnataka and Devendra Pratap Singh from Chhattisgarh. Even as not much is not known about them, both Bhandage and Singh have been awarded for the hard work they have have put in for the party for several years. Singh, who will replace Saroj Pandey for the seat, belongs to the erstwhile Gond royal family
Notably, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi’s name was not on the list. The same is perhaps an indication that the former Bihar deputy chief minister might be considered for the Lok Sabha polls. There are currently six seats in Bihar. As per the news agency PTI, three candidates from the BJP and Opposition parties may be elected from the state this time. Also, JD (U), which also joined the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) recently, is expected to field one candidate. The BJP has fielded Dharmshila Gupta and Bhim Singh in upcoming polls for Rajya Sabha.
भाजपा की केंद्रीय चुनाव समिति ने विभिन्न राज्यों में होने वाले आगामी राज्यसभा के द्विवार्षिक चुनाव हेतु निम्नलिखित नामों पर अपनी स्वीकृति प्रदान की। pic.twitter.com/9MBlj1KxA2
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Also, it is important to note here that none of the Union Ministers, whose terms are coming to an end, have been fielded for Rajya Sabha polls, showing strong indications that many of them might be given tickets for the Lok Sabha polls.
Party yet to name candidates in these states
The party has not yet named candidates from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. Among those who are retiring from these states include Union ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala from Gujarat, Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and L Murugan from Madhya Pradesh, and Union minister Narayan Rane from Maharashtra.