MUMBAI: Members for seven seats of the Rajya Sabha (RS) are likely to be elected unopposed as both - the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and BJP - are fielding candidates as per their strength.
According to the sources, Shiv Sena has decided to nominate party leader Priyanka Chaturvedi for the lone Rajya Sabha seat which it is contesting out of the seven seats that are going to polls. Meanwhile, the BJP has announced the names of Ramdas Athawale, Udayanraje Bhosale and Dr Bhagvat Karad (from Aurangabad) as their candidates for RS seats.
Ramdas Athawale and Udyanraje Bhosale filed their nominations on Thursday, while NCP Chief Sharad Pawar filed his nomination on Wednesday.
BJP left MP Sanjay Kakde sulking by announcing Bhagvat Karad’s name for the third seat.
Chaturvedi is considered to be one of the closest aides of State Tourism and Environment Minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray.
As per Assembly seats, BJP may get its three MPs elected to Rajya Sabha, while the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress are likely to get four seats.
Congress is considering to field Rajiv Satav for a seat, however, it has not been confirmed. There is no decision about the third seat from the MVA. If it decides, NCP’s Fouzia Khan may be the candidate for the third seat.
Out of the 55 Rajya Sabha seats going to polls on March 26, seven are from Maharashtra and the last date of filing nomination is March 13.
The RS members are elected by 288 MLAs in the Lower House of the State legislature. The required number of votes to get an RS seat elected is 37.
With the changed equations in the State, the three ruling parties can send their four members collectively on the basis of their number of the MLAs. The MVA’s collective tally is 170 members against the required number of 148 MLAs to win the four seats.