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Jethmalani set for RS comeback

The lawyer-politician's candidature in the nominated category was backed strongly by RJD chief Lalu Yadav.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 03:44 IST

Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who unsuccessfully contested the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat against former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, is all set to re-enter the Rajya Sabha, this time as a nominated member.

Sources said the file has reached Rashtrapati Bhawan and the President's clearance of the proposal is only a formality. Of the 12 nominated seats in the Upper House, there would still be two vacancies, one caused by the recent resignation of Kapila Vatsayan and the other by the demise of Vidya Nivas Misra.

As law minister in the NDA regime, Jethmalani had quit after falling out with the BJP-led coalition.

He was then an Independent Rajya Sabha member elected with the Shiv Sena's support.

The lawyer-politician's candidature in the nominated category was backed strongly by RJD chief Lalu Yadav, who intervened to ensure the support of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Sources said Lalu had Jethmalani's name cleared before setting up candidates from Bihar for the two seats his party won in the elected category. "The whole talk of his betraying the veteran lawyer (who did not want to contest on any party ticket) was hogwash," they said.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 02:03 IST