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RS polls: Jaya Bachchan, Amir pass scrutiny tests

Former SP MPs?Jaya Bachchan and Amir Alam Khan?are all set to be elected unopposed in the RS bypolls.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 15:59 IST

Former Samajwadi Party MPs—cine star Jaya Bachchanand Amir Alam Khan—are all set to be elected unopposed in the Rajya Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh as their nomination papers were found in order.

Principal secretary (assembly) and returning officer for the election Rajendra Prasad Pandey, during the scrutiny of the nomination papers on Tuesday, found them in order.

"As only two candidates are in the fray against the same number of seats, both would be declared elected unopposed on June 8 after3 pmwhen the time for withdrawal of nomination expires," Mr Pandey said.

On the last day of filing nomination, on Monday, no other candidate filed their papersleaving only the SP nominees in fray.

This would be Ms Bachchan's second entry to the RS after 2004. She had to resign the seat in March following the raging office of profit controversy. Mr Khan will make his maiden entry in the upper house.

The main opposition BJP and Congress had already expressed their unwillingness to contest the two RS seats.

BSP was not keen to fight the bypolls as the winning candidate was to be decided by majority vote seperately for the two seats.

State BJP president Keshri Nath Tripathi had told UNI that since the winners would be decided separately by majority vote of the assembly, the party was not interested in contesting the bypolls.

"Even a joint-opposition candidate will not be able to win as the SP-led coalition has the majority in the house."

Congress legislature party leader Pramod Tiwari had already announced the party would not contest the RS bypolls.

First Published: Jun 06, 2006 15:59 IST