Complete list of BJP, Congress candidates for Rajya Sabha polls

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Ahead of the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, the BJP has added an element of unpredictability to the otherwise boring and predictable polls by fielding a fourth candidate from the state.

Reports say that former BJP state president and national executive committee member V Muraleedharan, who might become a Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra, might become a Union Minister as well.

Ketkar may well now be haunted by visions of the defection drama that preceded last year's Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, where Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel just scraped through.

With no way for Shukla to reach here before the close of nominations at 3 p.m, the Congress leadership asked retired bureaucrat P K Valera to file his nomination as independent candidate. Several leaders, including Mamata Banerjee, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren of the JMM have extended support to Rao's proposal, according to the TRS.

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The BSP is counting heavily on the "surplus" votes of the SP, besides support from the Congress and the RLD for the victory of its lone candidate in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from Uttar Pradesh. So far, BJP has fielded three of its candidates while Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP fielded one candidate each.

Filing of nominations for four Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat witnessed high drama and controversy on Monday, with the number of nominees finally ending at six.

From Karnataka, the Congress has nominated L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar.

While the BJP is poised to win its all four seats, the Congress is expected to get one seat, based on the strength of its members in the state Assembly.

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

However, the fight will be between the third candidate of the Congress and JDS's Farooq.

The Sena has 63 MLAs, but the Congress does not expect to receive its surplus votes despite the smaller partner's anger at the BJP.

The Congress fielded two candidates - tribal leader Naran Rathwa and State unit spokesperson Amee Yajnik.

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