Why is Shiv Sena panicked over Narayan Rane's RS nomination, asks BJP

The Congress nominated party leaders L Hanumanthaiah Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar from Karnataka for the March 23 Rajya Sabha elections

The Congress party has chose to field Syed Naseer Hussain, AICC spokesman, L Hanumanthaiah, former MLC and former Kannada Development Authority chairman, and G C Chandrashekar, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary and former Chairman of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB). (Ahead of RS elections in Gujarat previous year, Congress had flown all its MLAs to an undisclosed location in Bengaluru.) "We have heard that a few Congress leaders have problems with Rathwa's documents".

Extending his best wishes to BJP National General Secretary Saroj Pandey on her filing nominations for Rajya Sabha, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said now that the nomination process has been completed, it is for sure that she will be elected to Rajya Sabha. Soon enough, Congress leader PK Valera filed his nomination as an independent candidate with his party's support. Nomination papers of one Independent were rejected.

The BJP has fielded Union ministers Purshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia, apart from former MLA Kiritsinh Rana.

"The party is of the view that Rajya Sabha elections should be (held) unopposed". 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. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in June 2009 and was against re-elected in 2010.

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The BJP, with its tally of 122 in the Assembly, is poised to get three Rajya Sabha seats now, while the Sena, Congress and NCP will get one each.

The ruling Congress in Karnataka can easily win two seats and meets few extra votes for the third seat. The NDA now has 83 members in the 245 member Rajya Sabha. Congress spokesperson Satyavrat Chaturvedi, who is among the five retiring members, could not make to the list.

The party has nominated senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal.

A delegation of senior party leaders, including Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi went to the Election Commission on Tuesday night and sought that the candidature of Rathwa and a Congress-backed independent candidate P K Valera be declared invalid and illegal. The Chief Minister said her election to Rajya Sabha will enhance the strength of Chhattisgarh in the Parliament.

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