Kumar Ketkar makes the cut to get Rajya Sabha ticket from Congress


It includes Kumar Ketkar, a Mumbai-based journalist and a columnist of ThePrint, from Maharashtra. Former Union Minister Naranbhai Rathwa and party media panellist Amee Yagnik are fielded from Gujarat.

Meanwhile, the biennial elections to 21 Legislative Council seats, out of the total 78, are due later this year.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi approved the names of 10 party candidates. "Our candidate (Farook) will win as many MLAs in BJP and Congress will vote for us". Lingaiah Yadav from erstwhile Nalgonda district bagged the RS nomination under the Yadav community quota as promised by the Chief Minister.

With this, the BJP has spurned the demands of the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena for a Rajya Sabha seat for Thushar Vellapally.

While, Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Janta Dal (United) were the other parties who announced the names of the candidates for Rajya Sabha. An alliance for Rajya Sabha polls is likely to be favourable to mount a challenge to the NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Patel's candidature comes as BSP announced its support for the Congress candidate from MP.

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The TRS nominees won with the extended support from Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

Ms Pandey will be seeking her berth for the Upper House from the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh while Mr Baluni will be party candidate from Uttarakhand. Last date for filing nomination was March 12 while scrutiny of paperswould be done next day, Mr Rai said adding that willing candidates couldwithdraw their nominations by March 15.

The party has strategically chosen its candidates in Kerala, poll-bound Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.

"Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has chose to not to field any candidate against Nadda in RajyaSabha election, scheduled to be held on 23 March", party spokesperson Sanjay Chauhan said.

On its strength in the Assembly, the TDP could win at least two seats.

The seat is falling vacant on April 2 following the expiry of Nadda's first term.