RS polls: Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Rajput file nominations

BJP Chief Amit Shah To Contest August 8 Rajya Sabha Polls From Gujarat
This is the first time Amit Shah will debut as a member of Parliament
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31 July, 2017

All three candidates of BJP for RS polls, Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput will file their nomination on Friday morning at Gujarat Assembly. Shah was accompanied by chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel, state BJP president Jitu Vaghani, ministers and a large number of BJP supporters.

Earlier this month, the election commission had notified election for 10 Rajya Sabha seats - 6 in West Bengal, 3 in Gujarat and 1 in Madhya Pradesh.

BJP's national president, Amit Shah is all set to join the national politics with his latest move.

Rajput, an MLA from Sidhpur and Congress's chief whip in the Gujarat Assembly, left Congress on Thursday for rge BJP along with Viramgam MLA Tejashree Patel and Vijapur MLA Prahlad Patel.

While the party is confident of sending both its leaders to the Upper House, it is unsure about the third seat though the BJP is trying to stop Congress leader Ahmad Patel from coming back to the House for the fifth consecutive term.

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The announcement came after BJP Parliamentary Board met here to take stock of the Bihar situation following Nitish Kumar's resignation as the State Chief Minister.

Out of the 9 retiring members, four are from the Trinamool Congress, two from the Congress, two from the BJP and one from the CPI-M.

The terms of nine Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat and West Bengal would end on August 18.

Three Rajya Sabha Seats in Gujarat are up for grabs.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is now the MP from the state and his party is likely to renominate him.


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