Congress party nominee for Rajya Sabha election Manorama Dobriya Sharma is set to emerge unopposed winner after BJP decided not to field its candidate in the last moment on Monday. Sharma was the only candidate to file her nomination for lone RS seat election scheduled for November 20.
Accompanied by the chief minister Harish Rawat, PCC chief Kishorv Upadhaya and more than 10 Congress MLAs and ministers Sharma filed her nomination papers for lone Rajya Sabha seat election on Monday amidst large gathering of women party workers as well. Contrary to what was being said about resentment in the Congress legislative wing MLAs belonging to the camp of former CM Vijay Bahuguna were also present as Sharma filed her nomination in the state assembly.
As many as 30 Congress MLAs proposed the candidature of Congress nominee in three sets of nomination papers submitted before the secretary state assembly. Later addressing media Chief minister claimed that Congress has the support of 43 MLAs in the 70 member assembly. He claimed that Sharma's nomination by Congress leadership was another step forward in empowering women as she will be the first female members of the council of states from Uttarakhand.
Rawat appealed from the opposition not to field its candidate as mark of upholding set convention of moral standards in the state. “Traditionally only the party with numbers in its favour had been fielding its RS nominee in Uttarakhand. Opposition should stand to that expectation in the larger interest of the set morale standards in the state. Congress nominee is certain become RS member unopposed if BJP follows the tradition” said Harish Rawat while speaking to the media inside assembly building.
CM denied any resentment in the party and said that Bahuguna’s absence from nomination filing occasion by Congress candidate should not be attributed any otherwise thought as he is a senior party leader and has several others important works. Bahuguna’s absence was quiet conspicuous from assembly building as he was considered to be not happy with Sharma’s nomination. However his die hard supporter and Uttarkashi MLA Vijaypal Sajwan was present on the occasion.
Interestingly despite talks about BJP may decide to field its candidate at the crux time on the last of filing the nomination opposition decided not to contest in the end. Although BJP nominated its senior leader Naresh Bansal as party’s official candidate later was asked not to file papers after he reached the assembly building with nomination papers.