The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday declared railway minister Suresh Prabhu and rural development minister Chaudhary Birender Singh as its candidates for the December 5 elections to two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana.
Both leaders are not members of the either house of Parliament, yet were inducted as ministers when Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his cabinet earlier this month. Given the BJP majority in the Haryana assembly, the two are almost certain to get elected to the upper house. November 25 is the deadline for nomination.
Birender Singh, a former Congress leader, joined the BJP before the Haryana assembly elections. Similarly, Shiv Sena leader Prabhu joined the BJP on the morning of the cabinet expansion on November 9.