Congress' list of candidates for Rajya Sabha elections

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There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April, including 17 from the BJP and 12 from the Congress party.

The decision was taken by Chief Minister K.

RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said, "We have already made up our mind to support the BSP in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections, and the SP in the Legislative Council polls".

TRS shortlisted J Santosh Kumar, B Prakash Mudiraj and B Lingaiah Yadav for Rajya Sabha.

"It was discussed that either an educationalist or someone associated with social welfare, would be chosen, but under the present circumstances, the Left Front was forced to nominate Robin Deb who has equally good acceptance within the party as well as in other segments of the society", he said. "Arithmetically, the BJP is easily winning eight out of the 10 seats". He was first elected in 2006.

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The list of 18 BJP candidates was released by the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee for ensuing biennial elections to the council of states.

Saroj Pandey, who had lost the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, has been fielded from Chhattisgarh, Madan Lal Saini from Rajasthan, Lt Gen D P Vats (retd) from Haryana, Kailash Soni and Ajay Pratap Singh from Madhya Pradesh, Chandrasekhar from Karnataka and Sameer Oraon from Jharkhand.

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

"Rane has accepted the BJP's offer of Rajya Sabha nomination and will file his papers on Monday", the sources told PTI. The BJP, with 43 assembly seats, is just one short of the required 44 votes. The polls are being held for 58 Rajya Sabha seats across states, of which six are in Maharasthra.

In the 245-member Upper House of Parliament, Uttar Pradesh has 31 seats being the most populous state of the country.

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