The BJP with its sturdy numbers within the state legislatures is prone to sweep the forthcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand the place it’s tipped to get 10 out of 11 seats.
Ten seats from Uttar Pradesh and one from Uttarakhand will witness the competition on November 9.
The one identify that’s sure to be renominated is Union Minister of Urban Development (Independent Charge) Hardeep Singh Puri. Following Manohar Parrikar’s resignation, who stop because the Defence Minister after turning into the Goa Chief Minister, Puri was elected unopposed in a bypoll to a Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh in 2018. His time period involves an finish this November 25.
Another chief, who may be very prone to be renominated and whose time period can be coming to an finish, is BJP chief Arun Singh. The BJP chief, who was a General Secretary in Team Amit Shah has been retained even within the new staff. “Singh has proven to be quite useful as far as his organisational duties are concerned. Given the sustained faith the leadership has shown in him, it is highly unlikely that he will be denied a renomination,” stated a BJP functionary, working in Delhi.
Another identify that’s practically sure to get a nomination is Neeraj Shekhar. Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, stop his Rajya Sabha and left the Samajwadi Party (SP) to hitch the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in July final yr.
His becoming a member of had a stamp of BJP’s high echelons as quickly after his induction, he received to fulfill Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah, one thing that’s reserved for choose inductees. The BJP will area him for the bypoll to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. With his time period additionally coming to an finish this November, his renomination is nearly sure.
Meanwhile, one other identify which is doing the rounds in Uttar Pradesh who could also be given a Rajya Sabha candidature is former state chief of BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit — Laxmi Kant Bajpai.
BJP sources credit score him for the ‘onerous work’ he had put within the 2017 Assembly ballot within the state. The 4 time MLA from Meerut could have performed a key function within the BJP’s thumping victory within the state, however he misplaced from the Meerut metropolis seat. Those who’ve labored carefully with Amit Shah within the 2014 General Election in Uttar Pradesh that fetched 71 out of 80 seats additionally acknowledge Bajpai’s “contribution”. Moreover, his higher caste background may match in favour of the BJP’s caste calculus in a state the place the Congress has floated organizations to faucet that specific vote financial institution.
There are speculations that Ram Madhav, who was just lately dropped because the celebration’s national common secretary, could get the Upper House candidature in order that he will be accommodated within the subsequent cupboard reshuffle. However, no BJP functionary has both confirmed or denied this.
The biennial elections to 11 Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on November 9 are set to alter the political dynamics because the BJP is ready to realize extra seats. The celebration is inching in direction of a majority within the Upper House of Parliament together with allies and supporting events.
The Rajya Sabha members because of retire on November 25 are Chandrapal Singh Yadav, Javed Ali, Ravi Prakash Verma, Ram Gopal Yadav (all from Samajwadi Party), Veer Singh and Rajaram (Bahujan Samaj Party), Raj Babbar and PL Punia (each from Congress), and Neeraj Shekhar, Hardeep Singh Puri, and Arun Singh (all from BJP). Only Raj Babbar was elected from Uttarakhand whereas the remainder represented Uttar Pradesh within the Upper House.
As per the present configurations within the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the Samajwadi Party (SP) can win just one seat. The SP will make sure that Ram Gopal Yadav wins that seat.
One chance in Uttar Pradesh is of the opposition contesting another seat, relying on the excess votes obtainable. However, because the opposition shouldn’t be united, a joint opposition candidate shouldn’t be prone to be fielded from the state. Hence, within the given state of affairs, the BJP is ready to win the remaining 9 seats from Uttar Pradesh. The lone seat from Uttarakhand is ready to enter the BJP kitty too.
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