Rajya Sabha nomination: Naran Rathwa's last-minute entry ends high drama

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"The BJP, which has 122 MLAs, is barely in a position to get three candidates elected but the fourth has been brought in with a sinister design", a Congress source said. Nomination papers of one Independent were rejected.

After Rathwa's nomination was accepted, a BJP delegation, led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and MP Bhupender Yadav met Election Commission officials over the issue. L.Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrashekar-for the 23 March Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka in what seems to be a carefully planned caste balance strategy from the party. The BJP approached the Election Commission, demanding quashing of Rathwa's nomination over alleged "irregularities". 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.

Earlier, Rathwa said his documents were in order but BJP leaders put pressure on Returning Officer. But the BJP is "Bahut Jhoothi Party" (big lying party). The ground situation Eight candidates filed their nominations on Monday. Congress spokesperson Satyavrat Chaturvedi, who is among the five retiring members, could not make to the list.

The BJP has fielded an additional Rajya Sabha candidate in Maharashtra, signalling what the Congress fears are potential problems for its nominee Kumar Ketkar who should otherwise have been elected unopposed. Read Also: Cong names Rathwa, Yajnik for Rajya SabhaRumour mills After Congress officially declared the names of its two candidates from Delhi late on Sunday, news surfaced that Rathwa would be replaced by Rajiv Shukla who would be flying to Gujarat.

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The picture will be clearer on March 15, the day of withdrawal of nominations. He further added that the AB form which the candidate submits with nomination form carries his signature as State President.

The Congress has 123 members, including Speaker, BJP - 43, JD (S) - 37, Badavara Shramikarra Raithara Paksha - 3, Karnataka Janata Paksha - 2, Karnataka Makkala Paksha - 1, Independents - 8, and nominated - 1. The BJP fielded senior leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Vaghani to ensure the rejection of Rathwa's nomination.

Extending support to Valera is seen as a tactical move of the Congress to save its second seat in case there is any threat to Rathwa's candidature.

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