Amit Shah eyes Parliament; to contest Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat

Amit Shah eyes Parliament; to contest Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat”

The announcements were made by Union Minister J.P. Nadda after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board here on Wednesday evening.

In a surprising move, the BJP today announced that it will be fielding BJP president Amit Shah and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani for Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat.

Shah at present is an MLA from Gujarat, where BJP has a government. Would it then fall on Amit Shah to play the role of sheet anchor in the House?

Of the ten RS seats that will be up for polls on August 8, six are from West Bengal.

Gandhinagar: BJP chief Amit Shah files his nomination papers for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gandhinagar on July 28, 2017. Rajput is also Shankersinh Vaghela's relative, the veteran Congress leader who took an exit from the Congress last week. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and senior leader Anandiben Patel were also in attendance during the nomination procedure. In the 182-member Assembly, the strength of the Congress has gone down to 51, as six of its MLAs have resigned.

The BJP does not have numbers to win any seat in West Bengal, but it will win the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh, which fell vacant after the demise of environment minister Anil Madhav Dave. Another notable decision is to put up Smriti Irani as the party's Rajya Sabha nominee from Gujarat in a bid to wrench the membership from Sonia Gandhi protégé Ahmed Patel. These include Irani, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, nd Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien.

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