Rajya Sabha polls: Congress plays caste card in its nominations from Karnataka

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As Javdekar is union minister his win is considered a surety; Rane was persuaded by BJP to accept the nomination after lots of efforts so his win is also considered to be a foregone conclusion and since Murlidharan is a senior party leader from Kerala and needed to be accommodated, his win is also considered to be a sure shot.

At present, the opposition Congress and the NCP hold two seats each, while the Shiv Sena and the BJP have a piece each of these six seats of the Upper House of Parliament. The ruling party is hoping that by engineering defection in ranks of Congress and NCP and getting extra votes from Shiv Sena its fourth candidate will sail through. The Congress also made a decision to back Independent candidate PK Valera.

In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is assured of 8 seats, but it has fielded 9 candidates. The BJP fielded senior leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Vaghani to ensure the rejection of Rathwa's nomination.

Hussain, a Youth Congress leader, obtained doctorate in worldwide politics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. This would leave the party with 18 surplus votes. (Ahead of RS elections in Gujarat a year ago, Congress had flown all its MLAs to an undisclosed location in Bengaluru.) "We have heard that a few Congress leaders have problems with Rathwa's documents. Hence, we fielded Kirtisinh Rana as the third candidate with party's mandate", Patel added. Each candidate requires 42 votes to get elected. Rathwa has refuted the allegations. My documents according to requirements were submitted. "There was no question of fielding another candidate in my place", he said. Our candidate's nomination form has been cleared.

Flatly turning down the request from Opposition JD (S) to extend support for its industrialist candidate B M Farooq for the Rajya Sabha seat, the ruling Congress party has chose to try its luck by gambling on winning the third out of the four Rajya Sabha seats from the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Also everyone want to contest elections if given an opportunity, hence they are also contesting. "Our MLAs are with us but BJP will have to take care of its MLAs as many are dissatisfied at not being given a portfolio".

On Tuesday the forms of the candidates were scrutinised and accepted by the election returning officer.