With one day left for filing of nominations for Rajya Sabha biennial polls, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani and RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti were among several candidates from different parties who today submitted their papers.
Elections for 57 seats in the Upper House from 15 states are due to be held on June 11.
The other prominent candidates who filed their papers included Union Ministers Birender Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and senior Congress leader Ambika Sonia.
Naidu, the Minister for Urban development and Parliamentary Affairs, BJP national vice president Om Prakash Mathur, Ramkumar Verma and Harsh Vardhan Singh were the four party candidates who submitted their papers from Rajasthan.
Verma and Vardhan are the new faces for elections to the Upper House from the desert state.
Vardhan is the grandson of former speaker of Rajasthan Assembly Laxman Singh and has links with erstwhile royal family of Dungarpur while Verma is a retired RBI official and engaged in social work.
Jethmalani, a former BJP MP, and Misa Bharti filed their papers as candidates of ruling alliance in Bihar where JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav also entered the fray today.
Along with Yadav, Ramchandra Prasad Singh also entered the fray on JD(U) ticket. Jethmalani, who was the law minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, and Bharti filed their papers as RJD candidates.
“All the candidates of alliance will definitely win,” Lalu Prasad told reporters in Patna.
In Chandigarh, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh filed his nomination papers from Haryana while Soni, a Congress General Secretary, did so from Punjab.
Naqvi, Union Minister of State for Minority and Parliamentary Affairs, filed his papers from Jharkhand.
Three senior leaders of ruling BJD — Prasanna Acharya, Bishnu Das and N Bhaskar Rao–filed their papers in Odisha.
Scrutiny of nominations will take place on June 1 and the last date for withdrawal is June 3.
The elections were necessitated as 55 members from 15 states are retiring between June and August. One seat each from Rajasthan and Karnataka vacated by Anand Sharma (Congress) and Vijay Mallya (Independent) respectively will also go to polls.
Out of the total 57 seats, a majority of 14 each belong to BJP and Congress. While six members belong to BSP, five are from JD (U), three each from SP, BJD and AIADMK.
Two members each belong to DMK, NCP and TDP, while one member belongs to Shiv Sena. Mallya was an Independent member who resigned on May 5.
While a maximum of 11 members are retiring from Uttar Pradesh, six seats each will go to polls from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
From Bihar, five seats will go to polls, four each from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan, three each from Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, two each are from Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. One seat from Uttarakhand will also go for poll.