Congress sends undisputed & surprise OBC face to Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha polls Naranbhai Rathwa files nomination from Gujarat

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By nominating 72-year-old Rajmani Patel, the Congress party has played safe and is seen as an attempt to woo OBCs.

Opposition Congress on Tuesday alleged that Lt General D P Vats (retd), the BJP candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Haryana, had concealed in his nomination papers that he was holding an office of profit, a charge Vats denied as baseless.

Naran Rathwa, former Union minister of state for railways, submitted a "no due certificate" from Parliament Secretariat, which is normally necessary for any former MP, contesting Rajya Sabha elections. "He has also not mentioned serious allegations in his affidavit", Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani said.

G.C. Chandrashekar is the third candidate of the Congress.

Agarwal made it clear after joining that his son would vote in favour of BJP candidates in Rajya Sabha elections and complained that he was compared to the woman working in films, while selecting the candidate for Rajya Sabha.

With Chandrashekar assured of victory by virtue of the BJP having 48 votes, the contest will be for the fourth seat between the Congress and the JD-S, whose strength got reduced to 37 after three of its members were suspended for revolting against its leadership.

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Elections to four Rajya Sabha are scheduled on March 23.

Among the seven nominations accepted was BJP's dummy candidate Rajnikant Patel.

Today was the last date for scrutiny of nominations while March 15 is the last day for withdrawal of candidature.

The BJP had objected to the validity of a no-dues certificate submitted by Rathwa, a former Union Minister. "The RO over-ruled the BJP's objections to approve Rathwa's candidature", said Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil.

The official also accepted the nomination of Independent candidate P. K. Valera, backed by the Congress.

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 past year.

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