Sharad Pawar, Ramdas Athawale elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha

With no nominations filed against Sharad Pawar and Ramdas Athawale and the last date for withdrawal of nominations ending on March 18, they were elected unopposed from Maharashtra.

Sharad Pawar, Ramdas Athawale elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Including Pawar, Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale, who was named by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Maharashtra, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha. 

With no nominations filed against Sharad Pawar and Ramdas Athawale and the last date for withdrawal of nominations ending on March 18, they were elected unopposed from Maharashtra. Seven candidates from Maharashtra have been elected to the upper house. 

NCP leader and former minister Fauziya Khan along with Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi and former Congress MP Rajiv Satav have also been elected to the Rajya Sabha. BJP’s Udyanraje Bhosale and Bhagwat Karad wh were named for Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra were also among those elected to the upper house.

The official announcement regarding the Rajya Sabha election was made on Wednesday while the poll for the seven seats from Maharashtra in which assembly members were to cast their votes was to be held on March 26. 

The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government nominated four candidates for the Rajya Sabha while the BJP named three candidates given that the opposition party has 105 seats in the state assembly and enjoys the support of nine other MLAs. 

The NCP nominates two candidates for Rajya Sabha including Sharad Pawar and Fauziya Khan while Shiv Sena and Congress nominated one candidate each. Independent candidate Rakesh Chavan filed his papers on the last day of filing nomination which was on March 13. However, his nomination was rejected during scrutiny. 

The BJP in Maharashtra sidelined its senior leaders including Eknath Khadse and Pankaja Munde and chose to nominate Bhagwat Karad who hails from Aurangabad. Similarly, Shiv Sena also nominated Priyanka Chaturvedi which didn’t go well with senior Shiv Sainiks. Senior Shiv Sena leader Chandrakant Khaire had expressed his disappointment regarding the same. 

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