BJP chief Amit Shah files nomination for Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat

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New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 11:25:14 AM

In a first, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat, reported news agency ANI. The BJP chief who has never been a member of Parliament filed his nomination papers at the state capital Gandhinagar on Friday morning.

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In a first, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat, reported news agency ANI. The BJP chief who has never been a member of Parliament filed his nomination papers at the state capital Gandhinagar on Friday morning. Apart from Amit Shah, 2 more BJP leaders filed their nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections including Union Minister Smriti Irani. The announcement was made by BJP leader and Union Minister J.P. Nadda who on Thursday had said that Amit Shah and Smriti Irani will be filing their nomination papers.

“The Parliamentary board has decided to field our party chief Amit Shah and Textile and I&B minister Smriti Irani for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha seats,” Nadda had said. Currently, Shah is an MLA from Gujarat’s Naranpura constituency. Nadda had also said that BJP’s woman tribal leader Sampatia Uike, from Mahakoshal region, Madhya Pradesh will be fielded in the Rajya Sabha by-election from the state.

The news comes just one day after three Congress MLAs who are considered close to former opposition leader Shankarsinh Vaghela resigned from the assembly ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls. The resignation of Balwantsinh Rajput (who was also the chief whip), Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel reduced the Congress’s tally to 54 in the 182-seat assembly. It was a big blow to Congress days after it announced Ahmed Patel as its candidate for the Upper House in the election scheduled for August 8.

Even though the Congress nominee needs 47 votes to win the election, cross-voting during the Presidential election might make things tricky. All three MLAs submitted their resignation letters to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora at Gandhinagar. “Balwantsinh Rajput, Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel have given their resignation as sitting MLAs of their respective seats. They now cease to be the members the Legislative Assembly,” Vora told PTI.

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