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Updated February 12th, 2024 at 21:15 IST

BJP Names 2 Candidates For Rajasthan Ahead of February 27 Rajya Sabha Elections

The party will be sending Chunnilal Garasia and Madan Rathod to Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha Election 2024
Rajya Sabha Election 2024 | Image:PTI
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Jaipur: The BJP on Monday announced two names for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan. According to reports, the party will send Chunnilal Garasia and Madan Rathod to Rajya Sabha. The elections to the Upper House will be held on February 27. The results will be declared on the same day. BJP has already named its candidates from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. While Sudhanshu Trivedi and RPN Singh were nominated from Uttar Pradesh, Subhash Barala was named from Haryana.

While the BJP is likely to get its two candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state, the Congress has the numbers to win one seat. The Congress has not yet declared a candidate.

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A minimum of 41 votes will be needed to win one seat in case of a contest. The BJP has 115 and the Congress 70 members in the 200-member assembly. The tenure of two Rajya Sabha members from Rajasthan -- former prime minister Manmohan Singh (Congress) and Bhupender Yadav (BJP) -- is ending on April 3. Election will also be held on one seat that fell vacant after BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena resigned from Parliament in December following his election as an MLA.

Of the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from Rajasthan, the Congress currently has six members and the BJP three, while one seat is vacant. Elections for 56 Rajya Sabha seats spread across 15 states are scheduled to be held on February 27, and the last date for filing nominations is February 15.

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The BJP had on Sunday named 14 candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls, including former Union minister R P N Singh and Sudhanshu Trivedi - the only outgoing MP renominated by the party so far.The party is yet to name many candidates including from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Union ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala from Gujarat, Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and L Murugan, both of whom represent Madhya Pradesh, and Union minister Narayan Rane from Maharashtra are among those retiring from the House as members. The BJP is likely to not name several of its ministers, whose term in Rajya Sabha is ending, as it may field them in the general elections, due in April-May. 

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(With inputs from PTI)

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Published February 12th, 2024 at 20:44 IST

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