In a twist to the Rajya Sabha election in Rajasthan, a BJP-backed candidate has made a shock entry. The eleventh-hour nomination of media baron Subhash Chandra has arrange a contest for one of many 4 Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan.
Subhas Chandra, Zee proprietor and the chairperson of the Essel Group, is the fifth candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan.
The Congress is able to win two of the 4 seats in Rajasthan and the BJP, one.
There will now be a contest for the fourth seat with Subhash Chandra’s entry. He will problem the Congress’s Pramod Tiwari, who, as an Uttar Pradesh resident, is an “outsider”.
The BJP reportedly made a calculated transfer to leverage the resentment simmering within the state’s ruling Congress and the Ashok Gehlot versus Sachin Pilot feud that threatens to blow up any time.
The Congress can also be going through anger over its alternative of Rajya Sabha candidates – all belonging to different states and seen as “outsiders” by native MLAs.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot batted away doubts about Congress prospects. “All three of our candidates will win. BJP fielded Subhash Chandra. They (BJP) know they don’t have sufficient votes so what will they do. They will do horse-trading and vitiate the atmosphere in the state,” he mentioned.
The three Congress candidates are Randeep Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik and Pramod Tiwari.
The BJP’s candidate is Ghanshyam Tiwari, a former minister of the Vasundhara Raje cupboard.
Subhash Chandra filed his nomination as an unbiased candidate this afternoon and he was endorsed by BJP MLAs.
In the 200-member Rajasthan meeting, every candidate wants 41 votes to win.
The Congress has 108 MLAs and the BJP has 71 votes. They have 30 surplus votes, however to win a second seat, they want one other 11.
To win a 3rd seat, the Congress wants 15 extra votes.
Smaller events and independents will due to this fact play a important function in who wins the seat.
There are 13 independents, two Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) members, two of the Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) and two CPM MLAs, who would be the deciding issue.
While the BJP is banking on the independents, the Congress is relying on smaller events and the Left for assist.