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Originally from Pauri Garhwal district Anil Baluni is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah Originally from Pauri Garhwal district Anil Baluni is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah
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Similarly, Vijaya Rahatkar, the chairperson of the Maharashtra Commission for Women, filed her nomination papers as the fourth BJP candidate, taking the total aspirants to seven against the six vacant Rajya Sabha seats in the state.

Rane had recently quit the Congress to join the BJP and has been rewarded with a ticket for the Upper House from Maharashtra.

After his name was announced, Chandrasekar told PTI that he would work towards "BJP's movement to install a clean government in Karnataka", where polls are due shortly.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti had announced on Sunday afternoon its three candidates for the three seats and is confident of winning them all.

The party nominated three candidates from Karnataka, including Dalit poet L. Hanumanthaiah and Vokkalinga leader G.C. Chandrasekhar.

The party has nominated senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi from West Bengal.

Former Rajya Sabha member Dhiraj Prasad Sahu was nominated as Congress candidate from Jharkhand.

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The saffron party is assured of three seats from Maharashtra this time, so it has made a decision to field HRD minister Javadekar and former state chief minister Narayan Rane along with V. Muraleedharan, who is a former Kerala BJP party chief.

Baluni, who heads the party's media departments, has been fielded from Uttarakhand while Rao, a spokesperson and psephologist as well, will file his nomination from Uttar Pradesh. From Haryana, the saffron party will field Lt Gen (Retd) D P Vals, the party also said V Muralidharan (from Kerala) will be contesting from Maharashtra.

BJP leaders Dharmendra Pradhan, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni filed nominations in the Vidhan Sabha premises here.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will contest from Uttar Pradesh and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from Bihar. Congress party leader and former minister Rajmani Patel too submitted the nomination form.

Elections to 58-Rajya Sabha seats are scheduled for March 23, but saw much drama across the political spectrum on the last day of filing of nominations on Monday.

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