Amit Shah, Smriti Irani to contest Rajya Sabha polls

Laura Christensen
July 31, 2017

Shah was accompanied by chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel, state BJP president Jitu Vaghani, ministers and a large number of BJP supporters.

BJP President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani will contest Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat, BJP leader JP Nadda said on Wednesday.

Shah, now a legislator in Gujarat, will be making his debut in Parliament once he is elected, given the numbers the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party enjoys in the state assembly.

Senior leaders of the BJP point out that the decision of the parliamentary board has ensured that Shah, who was busy planning the expansion of BJP, would now be directly involved in the party's functioning in Parliament as well.

Shah will leave for the state today and is likely to file his nomination on Friday.

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As many as 9 Rajya Sabha members will see their term ending in August.

While the party is confident of sending both its leaders to the Upper House, it is unsure about the third seat though the BJP is trying to stop Congress leader Ahmad Patel from coming back to the House for the fifth consecutive term. The BJP really wants to defeat Ahmed Patel, who is a political advisor to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, to cause embarrassment to the rival party, just ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat.

The Congress has 57 MLAs in 182-member Gujarat assembly, and it needs support of 45 of them to win a Rajya Sabha seat. The seat fall vacant due to demise of Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave.

The tenure of members from West Bengal - O'Brien (TMC), Debabrata Bandhopadhyay (TMC), Pradip Bhattacharya (Cong), Yechury (CPM), Sukhenduhakhar Roy (TMC) and Dola Sen (TMC) ends on August 18.

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