Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Notification issued for elections to 3 Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha

Venkaiah Naidu sees red over placards in House Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad outside Parliament on Tuesday
Ray Hunter | 10 March, 2018, 01:53

The BJP could have bargained with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to accommodate Pradhan, who can't be elected from his homestate Odisha, but it preferred to shift to Uttar Pradesh to let Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad get re-elected on the BJP's own strength in the state.

The party on Wednesday announced the names of seven Union ministers and one general secretary for the upcoming RS polls in various states.

Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala and Minister of State for Chemical and Fertiliser Mansukh Bhai Mandaviya have been renominated from Gujarat. Bhupender Yadav, the party's general secretary, will again contest from Rajasthan. The BJP is also slated to get one seat. The Congress has now decided field Pitroda from Gujarat.

Party leaders said this was the reason why Jaitley was shifted to UP where it can manage victory in at least eight seats.

The BJP-led NDA has made a decision to reward Kerala ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) with a Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh.

Broadcom says to stick with USA 5G investment after Qualcomm deal
Broadcom said it is run by a board of directors and senior management team consisting nearly entirely of Americans. Singapore-based Broadcom also reiterated that it plans to shift its headquarters to the U.S.no later than May.

BJD president and the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also dropped hints that this time the party may choose all political personalities as its candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections.

In Karnataka, the ruling Congress can easily elect two Rajya Sabha MPs, where the opposition BJP can elect one.

The BJP, whose tally has dipped to 99 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly from 115 in the previous House, can win only two of the four Rajya Sabha seats from the state that are falling vacant. The movement of Pradhan from Bihar to MP indicated that the Congress, whose MP from Madhya Pradesh Satyavrat Chaturvedi is retiring, will struggle to retain this seat from a State where the BJP has a majority in the Assembly.

The polling and counting of votes for 59 Rajya Sabha seats will take place on 23 March and the election is significant because almost a fourth of the Upper House is going to polls and it could impact the arithmetic of the house.

In December polls, the BJP was able to retain power with only 99 seats as against 77 of the Congress.

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