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Ex-Maharashtra CM Rane to file nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from BJP quota

SNS | New Delhi | Updated :

Former Maharasthra chief minister Narayan Rane, who quit the Shiv Sena in 2005 and later joined the Congress, will file his nomination papers on Monday from the BJP quota for the biennial Rajya Sabha polls from the state, sources close to him said on Saturday.

“Rane has accepted the BJP’s offer of Rajya Sabha nomination and will file his papers on Monday,” the sources told PTI.

Rane ended his over-a-decade-long association with the Congress in September last year.

March 12 is the last day for filing nominations for the March 23 election to the Upper House of Parliament. The polls are being held for 58 Rajya Sabha seats across states, of which six are in Maharasthra.

In other reports, the Congress, earlier today, announced its support for the candidature of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) nominee Bhim Rao Ambedkar for the Rajya Seat from Uttar Pradesh.

The decision was announced by the leader of the Congress legislature party in the state assembly, Ajay Kumar ‘Lallu’, after a meeting with the leader of the BSP legislators in the assembly, Lalji Verma.

The SP has named Jaya Bachchan as its candidate for the polls.

To get elected to the Rajya Sabha, each candidate requires 37 votes.

(With agencies inputs)