Nominations through, lobbying begins
WITH 13 candidates filing their nomination papers for 10 Rajya Sabha seats and 15 nominations filed for 13 Vidhan Parishad seats, hectic lobbying has begun for the biennial election scheduled to take place here on March 28.Friday was the last day for filing of nomination papers that would be scrutinised on Saturday. Withdrawals would be allowed on Monday. If nomination papers of all candidates were found valid and they do not withdraw their nomination, an election would become imminent.india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 01:17 IST
WITH 13 candidates filing their nomination papers for 10 Rajya Sabha seats and 15 nominations filed for 13 Vidhan Parishad seats, hectic lobbying has begun for the biennial election scheduled to take place here on March 28.
Friday was the last day for filing of nomination papers that would be scrutinised on Saturday. Withdrawals would be allowed on Monday. If nomination papers of all candidates were found valid and they do not withdraw their nomination, an election would become imminent.
Lobbying has already begun to reach an understanding among political parties and persuade independents to withdraw to ensure smooth and unopposed election.
Although election to Rajya Sabha seats would be through an open ballot, efforts are being made to win over independents who will play crucial role to ensure victory of independents and candidates of political parties that may have a deficit quota allocation in their favour.
Though Samajwadi Party candidates are likely have a smooth sailing, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has already made an attempt to win over the unattached MLAs of BJP and others by giving lollypops of ministerial ranks and red beacons on Thursday night, .
Those who filed their nomination papers for Rajya Sabha include one candidate of Rashtriya Lok Dal, five of Samajwadi Party and one from Congress. While Mehboob Madni filed his nomination as an RLD candidate, Janeshwar Mishra, Banwari Lal Kanchhal, Veer Pal Singh, Mahendra Mohan and Virendra Bhatia filed their nominations as Samajwadi Party candidates.
Azad Kumar Kardam filed his nomination papers as Indian National Congress candidate. Those who filed their nomination papers for Vidhan Parishad seats included one from RLD, six from Samajwadi party, one from Congress and an independent.
While Hari Pal Saini filed his nomination papers as an RLD candidate, Naresh Chand Uttam, Khwaja Halim, Kashi Nath, Rakesh Singh Rana, Ram Saran Das and Daya Ram filed their nomination papers as Samajwadi Party candidates. Muti-ur-Rehman filed his nomination as a Congress candidate while Pradeep Singh filed his nomination as an independent.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the SP general secretary Amar Singh and the party MP Akhilesh Yadav were among those present when the SP candidates filed their nomination papers. RLD chief Ajit Singh was also present when the RLD candidates and some SP candidates were filing their nomination papers.
Significantly, the RLD did not allocate the Vidhan Parishad ticket to Minister for Irrigation Dr Merajuddin, who had been recently inducted in the ministry.
Later, Merajuddin said RLD chief Ajit Singh had offered him a ticket, but he preferred getting elected to the Vidhan Sabha.
Samajwadi Party candidate Virendra Bhatia, who underwent a hip surgery, was brought on a stretcher to file his nomination papers.
Meanwhile, the Congress candidates filed their nominations at the last minute in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Salman Khurshid, Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari and other senior party leaders. As Congress has only 16 MLAs it would need support of others to ensure victory of party candidates.