Union Human Resource Development Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar filed his nomination papers yesterday.
Singhvi's name was officially announced on Sunday night though his candidature from West Bengal was in public domain after Trinamool Congress announced its support to Congress. In Rajasthan, the party has fielded Kirori Lal Meena, who has been in and out of the BJP, and RSS man Madan Lal Saini.
Union Health and Family Welfare minister JP Nadda are all set to get elected to RajyaSabha unopposed from the lone vacant seat in Himachal Pradesh as the main opposition party, Congress on Sunday made a decision to not to field any candidate against him. The maximum number of candidates (7) have been nominated from Uttar Pradesh, where the party has a firm majority and vacancy of 10 seats.
There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April, including 17 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 12 from the Congress party.
Siddaramaiah had suggested that the AHINDA (minorities, backward classes and Dalits) formula, which has worked successfully for him and for the Congress party, be applied to the Rajya Sabha seats for which polls are being held on March 23.
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NDA vice chairman Rajeev Chandrasekhar will contest from Karnataka, while G V L Narasimha from Uttar Pradesh.
Party president Rahul Gandhi cleared the names, which include former Union minister Naranbhai Rathwa and party spokesperson Amee Yajnik from Gujarat, senior leader Dhiraj Prasad Sahu from Jharkhand, former state minister Rajmani Patel from Madhya Pradesh and former Union minister Porika Balram Naik from Telangana.
According to a statement issued by party general secretary Oscar Fernandes, journalist Kumar Ketkar has been nominated from Maharashtra.
Santosh Kumar has been a close associate of the Chief Minister taking care of the latter's daily activities for the last 17 years. The Congress is in a position to win three out of the four. The BJP has yet to declare its nominee for the third seat.