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Four nominations for Rajya Sabha by-elections in Jharkhand

Altogether four nominations were filed for two seats of Rajya Sabha (RS) in Jharkhand on Wednesday, the last day of filing nomination papers. Voting for both the seats will be held on June 20.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2009 20:06 IST

Altogether four nominations were filed for two seats of Rajya Sabha (RS) in Jharkhand on Wednesday, the last day of filing nomination papers. Voting for both the seats will be held on June 20.

While former RS member Ajay Maroo and Hemant Soren (son of JMM chief Sibu Soren) filed nomination papers for the seat vacated by Digvijay Singh; Anup Agarwalla (son of former RS member Parmeshwar Kumar Agarwalla) and the State Congress treasurer Dhiraj Prasad Sahu filed nominations against the seat vacated by the senior BJP leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha.

Maroo and Agarwalla filed their nominations as the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) official candidates whereas Hemant and Dhiraj filed their papers as candidates of the Jharkhand Mukti Morch (JMM) and the Congress, respectively.

Both the BJP nominees submitted their nominations papers to the Assembly Secretary-cum-Returning Officer Kaushal Kishore Prasad around 12 noon, while Hemant and Dhiraj reached the assembly in the afternoon and filed nominations around 2.30 pm.

No legislators or leaders of the Janta Dal (United), the major ally of the BJP in Jharkhand, were seen in the assembly premises at the time of filing nominations by the two BJP candidates.

Moreover, name of none of the four JD (U) legislators figure in the list of proposers for both the BJP nominees.

Similarly, the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) legislators remained absent during the filing of papers by the JMM and the Congress’ nominees. None of the seven RJD legislators have become proposer for the JMM and the Congress candidates.

This shows that neither NDA nor UPA camp is united for the ongoing Rajya Sabha by-elections.

Two independent legislators Stephen Marandi and Bhanu Pratap Shahi and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Kamlesh Kumar Singh also have put their signatures as proposers in the nomination papers of the Congress nominee Dhiraj, while Hemant’s candidature has been proposed by 10 legislators of his own party, the JMM. Similarly, the candidature of both BJP nominees has been proposed by their own party MLAs.

Given the present strength of different parties in the Assembly, the JMM and the Congress candidates will be in comfortable position, if the UPA including the RJD, and the independents supporting it, ensure ‘united show’ on the date of voting.

“We have a clear strength of 38 MLAs in the assembly and the Congress and the JMM nominees will easily win the two seats,” the State Congress Chief Pradip Kumar Balmuchu told Hindustan Times soon after filing of nomination by Dhiraj.

The BJP, which has 24 members in the assembly, will have to garner support of four members of the JD (U) and some independents to ensure victory of its two candidates. The BJP is hoping to win the by-polls expecting cross voting from the UPA camp. “We have support of sufficient number of MLAs and the BJP will win both the seats,” the BJP State President Raghubar Das told.

Scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on June 11, while June 13 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.