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KCR names 3 TRS candidates for RS polls

12 March 2018

According to a statement issued by party general secretary Oscar Fernandes, journalist Kumar Ketkar has been nominated from Maharashtra. Former Union Minister Naranbhai Rathwa and party media panellist Amee Yagnik are fielded from Gujarat.

The stage is set for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Besides former Congress stalwart Rane, the BJP nominated industrialist-politician Rajeev Chandrashekhar from Karnataka and Kirori Lal Meena, the Rajasthan leader who returned to the party after a decade on Sunday.

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.

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Mayawati has hinted that efforts are on to strike an understanding with the Congress in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections later this year.

Congress with its strength can easily win two seats and it is banking on JD (S) rebels and Independents to win the third seat.

Rane had met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi last week along with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadanvis.

"As it is, party cadres are not happy about so many imports from other parties getting key positions in the BJP", the BJP leader said. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has announced the names of party's general secretary J Santosh Kumar, B Lingaiah Yadav and B Prakash in Telangana. The polls are being held for 58 Rajya Sabha seats across states, of which six are in Maharasthra. Among these 11 members, two belong to the BJP, while four are of the NCP and three of the Congress.

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The Congress has named Babu Prasad as the UDF opposition candidate from Kerala.

The decision was taken by Chief Minister K. Chandra Shekar Rao during a legislative meeting that was held in Telangana Bhavan.

The TRS nominees won with the extended support from Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM). So, the party opted to nominate Jaitley from Uttar Pradesh.

All the candidates are nearly certain to win due to party's strength in respective state assemblies.

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Rane will file in his nomination papers on 12 March, which is the last day to do so.

KCR names 3 TRS candidates for RS polls