In 2011, the Haryana government had appointed Vats as chairman of its public service commission. A candidate needs 44 votes to win and Congress is confident of winning three seats comfortably as the party can count on the support of some independents and 7 JD (S) rebel MLAs.
Choosing V. Muraleedharan has sent a message to the party cadre in Kerala, where the BJP is trying to break the Congress-Left duopoly.
The maximum number of candidates fielded by the Congress party are in Karnataka, with 3 nominations, namely Dalit poet L. Hanumanthaiah, Vokkalinga leader G.C. Chandrasekhar and Syed Naseer Hussain.
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The former Shiv Sena chief minister subsequently formed his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, and allied with the BJP-led NDA. Curiously a number of usual suspects such as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav or some heavy weights from UP would be accommodated, but that simply did not happen.
The party spokesman Mr Rao will be seeking entry into the House of Elders from Uttar Pradesh.
"Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has made a decision to not to field any candidate against Nadda in RajyaSabha election, scheduled to be held on 23 March", party spokesperson Sanjay Chauhan said.
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The BJP will field Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Dr Anil Jain, GVL Narsimha Rao, and Harnath Singh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh, while Baluni will make his RS debut from Uttarakhand.
From Jharkhand, the party has chosen Sameer Uranv, who is said to be close to CM Raghubar Das.
The 66-year-old Meena is a five-time MLA who quit the party in 2008 to join the National People's Party (NPP), an outfit founded by former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma. He belongs to the Vokkaliga community. The BJP has announced a list of 18 candidates while the Congress came up with a list of 10.
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"A meeting of Congress Legislature Party was held and after consulting the MLAs, we have chose to vote for the BSP nominee", CLP leader Ajay Singh Lallu said.