Notification issued for six Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar

The session of the Rajya Sabha in process during the ongoing budget session in Parliament in New Delhi

The session of the Rajya Sabha in process during the ongoing budget session in Parliament in New Delhi

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been nominated from Uttar Pradesh while Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh along with Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. All Kannada organisations have demanded that only a Kannadiga should be sent to Rajya Sabha and it has made the job of selecting candidates hard for the Congress and the BJP.

BJP general secretary will contest from from Rajasthan while two ministers of state Parshottam Rupala and Manusukh Mandaviya will contest from Gujarat. Out of these seats, four are in Gujarat which are presently held by the BJP.

Given the majority of the BJD in the Assembly, where it has 117 members in 147-member House, it wouldn't be hard for ruling party nominees to make it to the upper house of parliament. He contested the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat but lost in an election that took his party past the majority mark on its own for the first time, with 282 seats out of 543. It opted to renominate Mr. Prasad from the State and made a decision to shift Mr. Pradhan to Madhya Pradesh. Party state president HD Kumaraswamy has threatened to withdraw support to the Congress in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Bengaluru's civic body, which they jointly rule, if Farooq is not elected.

Out of the six states from which BJP candidates for the Upper House polls have been announced, five of them are now ruled by the saffron party.

While the Congress continued to press for prime minister's reply on the Rs 12,700-crore bank fraud allegedly involving diamantaire Nirav Modi, members from AIADMK and AAP were in the Well, holding photos of Periyar and raising slogans condemning the vandalism in Vellore.

Finance minister Jaitely has been representing Gujarat in the Rajya Sabha for last three terms from 2000. For the then election to three seats, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel was one of the candidates.

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