Bollywood actor and Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan on Friday filed her nomination papers as SP candidate for the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from Uttar Pradesh. Accompained by party leader Dimple Yadav, wife of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Jaya Bachchan, who turns 70 next month, filed her nomination at the Central Hall of the state Assembly.
“I want to thank Mulayam Singh Yadavji, all party MLAs and MLCs for my candidature,” the actress-turned-politician told reporters.
On being asked about getting the party ticket instead of seniors like Kironmay Nanda and Naresh Agarwal, the three-time SP MP said, “I am also senior.”
Her current term in the Rajya Sabha expires on April 2. The biennial elections to 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will be held on March 23.
In the 245-member Upper House of Parliament, Uttar Pradesh has 31 seats, being the most populous state.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister JP Nadda has also filed papers to get re-nominated to the Rajya Sabha for a second stint.
His present term will end on April 2. The last date for filing the nominations for the lone seat from Himachal Pradesh is March 12.
“Nadda is the party’s lone candidate,” state BJP President Satpal Satti told reporters.
As per the election schedule, there will be polling on March 23 if the main opposition Congress fields its candidate.
In the 68 member house, the BJP has a two-thirds majority with 44 seats. Two independents are also supporting the government.
The opposition Congress has 21 seats.
(With inputs from agencies)