The saffron party is assured of three seats from Maharashtra this time, so it has chose to field HRD minister Javadekar and former state chief minister Narayan Rane along with V. Muraleedharan, who is a former Kerala BJP party chief.
The last minute huddle for 58 Rajya Sabha (RS) nominations from 16 states brought out infighting within the parties that could make or mar the fate of some wannabe candidates because of cross-voting.
The BJP list has Anil Jain and Saroj Pandey, its spokespersons Anil Baluni and G V L Narasimha Rao, according to a party statement.
The BJP has fielded Ghaziabad-based businessman Anil Agarwal and two others in the March 23 elections. BM Farooq filed nomination as a JDS candidate.
While Singhvi will represent the party from West Bengal, Niranbhai Rathwa and Amee Yajnik have been selected over many other seniors from Gujarat.
Union social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said that his selection as nominee for Rajya Sabha seat shows that he is giving 100 percent to his work.
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In terms of caste equation, the party has chose to field candidates from minority (Naseer Hussain - Ballari), Dalit (L Hanumanthiah - Bengaluru Rural) and dominant Vokkalinga community (G C Chandrashekar-Hassan).
Veerendra Kumar today filed his nomination as an independent candidate backed by the ruling CPI (M)-led LDF.
All six candidates are contesting without any opposition so their election is a foregone conclusion. "With Patangrao Kadam's recent demise, Congress's strength has been reduced from 42 to 41and its two MLAs Nitesh Rane and Kalidas Kolmbkar are considered to be Rane loyalists so it is likely they might not vote in favour of the Congress".
Muraleedharan had come second in the Kazhakootam Assembly constituency in 2016 polls, pushing the sitting Congress legislator to the third position.
For the two seats in Gujarat, supporters of state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and Shaktisinh Gohil were lobbying hard.
Heading into elections, the Congress has been cautious in its steps to include all communities to key posts from the state to highlight wider representation of caste groups, hoping that these groups would back the party at the polls.