Gujarat RS polls: BJP continues to raise objections against Congress candidate

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

The Returning Officer also accepted the nomination of second official Congress candidate Ami Yagnik.

BJP's allies the BSR (Congress) and the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), floated by its former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, have three seats and two seats, respectively. Sources said Congress's Kumar Ketkar and NCP's sitting MP Vandana Chavan were in the danger zone now.

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Farook of the JD (S) has already filed his nomination papers.

"The nomination papers will be scrutinised on Tuesday and last date for withdrawal of candidates is on Thursday. If the BJP has made him a member, when did he accept BJP's membership?" senior Sena leader Anil Parab said, speaking to reporters.

Among the seven nominations accepted was BJP's dummy candidate Rajnikant Patel.

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Earlier in the day, the Congress too raised objections to the nomination forms of BJP candidates - Union Ministers Mansukh Mandavia and Purushottam Rupala as well as Kiritsinh Rana. The BJP claimed that Rathwa had submitted a fake No Dues Certificate and failed to mention serious criminal cases in his affidavit to the Election Commission. L.Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrashekar-for the 23 March Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka in what seems to be a carefully planned caste balance strategy from the party. Congress' national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil maintained that no orders were issued by the Lok Sabha speaker.

The BJP's complaint ahead of the biennial polls to the Upper House on March 23 marks yet another instance of its all out attack on the opposition party over a Rajya Sabha election as it had earlier targeted its senior leader Ahmed Patel during polls a year ago. Eventually, the Returning Officer ruled in favour of Rathwa and accepted his nomination form.

A delegation of senior party leaders, including Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal, went to the Commission tonight, seeking action against Rathwa and PK Valera, a Congress-backed independent candidate.

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