BJP nominates Ramdas Athawale, Udyanraje Bhosale for Rajya Sabha

The BJP has also nominated Jyotiraditya Scindia for Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh after he left the Congress.

BJP nominates Ramdas Athawale, Udyanraje Bhosale for Rajya Sabha

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday released its first list of 11 candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. Of the 11 seats, the BJP has offered two seats to National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies. 

The Rajya Sabha elections are scheduled to be held on March 26. Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale has been nominated for Rajya Sabha once again. Moreover, Biswajit Daimarty of Bodoland People’s Front has been nominated from Assam. 

Currently, Athawale is the Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Narendra Modi government and represents Maharashtra in the upper house of the Indian Parliament. Earlier in 2014, the RPI (A) chief joined hands with the BJP and was nominated to Rajya Sabha. 

The BJP which failed to form government in Maharashtra last year has named Ramdas Athawale and Udayanraje Bhosale from the state. The BJP is yet to declare its third candidate from Maharashtra. 

Bhosale had joined the BJP after resigning from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ahead of 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections. 

Udyanraje Bhosale, a descendent of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, had contested the Lok Sabha bypoll and lost to NCP’s Shriniwas Patil by 87,717 votes.

Every party is nominating their respective candidates for the Rajya Sabha and every nominee requires 37 votes in the assembly. In Maharashtra, the BJP has 105 MLAs and is supported by nine other MLAs. This means that BJP can win three seats unopposed. 

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Meanwhile, the BJP has also named Jyotiraditya Scindia as Rajya Sabha nominee from Madhya Pradesh. In a huge setback to Kamal Nath’s government in Madhya Pradesh, Scindia on Wednesday left the Congress and joined BJP. 

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