New Delhi : Union minister Sharad Pawar, Congress leader Murli Deora, RPI’s Ramdas Athawale and Vijay Goel (BJP) are likely to be elected unopposed along with 21 others in various states in the February 7 biennial polls to the Rajya Sabha.

The victory of at least
25 of the 55 candidates in
16 states is a virtual
certainty after today’s scrutiny with theirs being the only serious nominations against as many
vacancies in the election.
Among the others who are likely to elected unopposed are Majid Memon (NCP), Hussain Dalwai (Congress), Rajkumar Dhoot (Shiv Sena), all from Maharashtra, and sitting MP Parimal Nathwani, an independent, from Jharkhand.
JD(U)’s Ramnath Thakur, Kahkasha Parveen and Haribansh from Bihar, and AIADMK’s L Sasikala Pushpa, Vijila Sathyanand, A K Selvaraj and S Muthukaruppa, CPI(M)’s T K Rangarajan and Tiruchi N Siva (DMK), all from Tamil Nadu, are also likely to be elected to the Upper House.
As the deadline for filing of papers for the Upper House seats falling vacant in April drew to a close, IPL chairman Ranjib Biswas and master sculptor Rahgunath Mohapatra were among the prominent candidates who filed their nominations from Odisha.
The BJP posted an emphatic win in the recent assembly polls in the desert state bagging 163 seats in the 200-member House.
Four AIADMK nominees, L Sasikala Pushpa, Vijila Sathyanand, A K Selvaraj and S Muthukaruppa, CPI(M)’s T K Rangarajan and DMK’s Tiruchi N Siva are likely to be elected uncontested as theirs are the only serious nominations for the six vacancies.
For Siva it will be the third term while for
Rangarajan it will be the second.
BJP’s Shambhuprasad Tundiya, Chunibhai Gohil and Lalsinh Vadodiya and Cong’s Madhusudhan Mistry, in charge of party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh, filed their papers from Gujarat.
Tundiya is a religious figure belonging to the Dalit community while Gohil is a leader of fishermen community. Vadodia is a Kshatriya community leader from Central Gujarat’s Anand district.

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