Rajya Sabha elections: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot hits out at BJP, says these polls are forced and unnecessary
Ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) calling the polls to elect the members of the upper house forced and unnecessary.
The elections are being held today for 16 Rajya Sabha seats across four states – Haryana (2), Rajasthan (4), Maharashtra (6) and Karnataka (4). A total of 57 seats were vacated across 15 states in the Upper House but 41 candidates were elected unopposed earlier leaving the parties to fight for the remaining 16 seats.
Four Rajya Sabha members of Rajasthan will complete their term in July this year. It could have been an unopposed election if independent Subhash Chandra had not filed his nomination. Now there are five candidates for four seats, Chandra is backed by the opposition BJP and making it a tough fight for the third Congress candidate.
The Congress has fielded its three national leaders Mukul Vasnik, Randeep Singh Surjewala, and Pramod Tiwari. All are outsiders. While BJP has fielded Ghanshyam Tiwari, a veteran leader, who had once left the party opposing former CM Vasudhara Raje.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Divya Mahipal Maderna has urged the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) to support the Congress candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls.
“I appeal to Rashtriya Loktantrik Party to listen to their conscience and support the son of a farmer, Randeep Surjewala in the Rajya Sabha elections,” Maderna said.