Vivek Krishna Tankha, former additional solicitor general of India, has been fielded as Congress nominee to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.
In MP, three Rajya Sabha seats will soon go vacant. Two are likely to go to BJP and one to Congress respectively. The last date for filing nominations for polls is May 31.
Speaking to HT, Tankha, a Supreme Court lawyer, said he will raise public issues and uplift the stature of the party if elected.
Congress spokesperson KK Mishra said Tankha will file nominations on May 31, adding that the nominees for Rajya Sabha were chosen by party president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in consultation with state leaders. The party released the list of names on Saturday.
The state BJP has forwarded 12 names for the two Rajya Sabha seats.
In 2008, Samajwadi Party MLA Kishore Samrite from Langi alleged that he refused the offer of a Congress leader who agreed to pay him Rs 30 lakh in order to vote for Independent candidate Vivek Krishna Tankha, backed by Congress, in Rajya Sabha elections. Samrite was later suspended by the party on charges of indiscipline.
The controversy also rocked the state assembly’s budget session in 2008, with both BJP and Congress members accusing each other of horse-trading. HT had reported that Tankha dismissed the charge as fabricated and threatened to sue Samrite for tarnishing his image.
“Why should I offer bribe to Samrite when his party has already pledged to issue a whip in my support for the Rajya Sabha election?” Tankha had questioned.
Tankha had fought the Lok Sabha polls on a Congress ticket from Jabalpur in 2014 but was defeated by BJP candidate Rakesh Singh.