Drama over Rathwa's Rajya Sabha nomination ends with acceptance

Rajya Sabha polls Naranbhai Rathwa files nomination from Gujarat

Rajya Sabha polls Naranbhai Rathwa files nomination from Gujarat

Amid a last-minute confusion, Congress leader P K Valera also filed nomination as an Independent.

"We have informed Election Commission about the irregularities in nomination forms of Congress Rajya Sabha candidate Naran Rathwa and independent PK Valera, also there is no proper mention of criminal cases against Rathwa in his affidavit", Union Minister Piyush Goyal said.

Naqvi said they have demanded that the Congress candidate's nomination be quashed. The four candidates who filed nomination for Maharashtra are Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javdekar, former CM Narayan Rane, V Murlidharan and state women commission's Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar. The action follows a complaint by BJP MP from Belgaum Suresh Angadi who alleged that blank "no dues certificates" were handed over to Rathwa's staff and these were filled in record time, raising suspicions of forgery.

Two days before the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations, a Maharashtra minister today said the BJP was keen to ensure unopposed election to six seats from the state, as seven candidates are in fray for the March 23 polls.

Tribal leader Rathwa was found wanting in certain documents needed for filing nomination at the Gujarat Assembly premises on Monday. We wanted to make sure that if Rathwa's candidature got cancelled, people had one more option. Patel had won in a hard-fought battle. Rathwa has refuted the allegations. My documents according to requirements were submitted.

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Flatly turning down the request from Opposition JD (S) to extend support for its industrialist candidate B M Farooq for the Rajya Sabha seat, the ruling Congress party has made a decision to try its luck by gambling on winning the third out of the four Rajya Sabha seats from the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.

The party nominated three candidates from Karnataka, including Dalit poet L Hanumanthaiah and Vokkalinga leader GC Chandrasekhar.

In the 182-member House, the ruling BJP has 99 MLAs while the opposition Congress 77. Both the parties are in a position to send two candidates each to the Rajya Sabha, as the minimum number of votes required per candidate is 38. Arithmetically, the BJP can easily win eight out of the 10 seats for which election will take place. Political observers, however, believe given their strenuous relations, it will be a herculean task for BJP leadership to convince Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to have his MLAs cast votes in its favour.

On Tuesday the forms of the candidates were scrutinised and accepted by the election returning officer.

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