The top candidates in fray for Rajya Sabha polls

All you need to know about the Upper House
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All you need to know about the Upper House

Text: TNN

The permanent House is never dissolved or re-appointed.

250 maximum strength.

12 nominated by President.

Current strength: 245.

1/3rd members up for election every 2 years. Members have 6-year terms.

Number of seats in each state based on population. Reviewed by EC as necessary.

As the race for 57 Rajya Sabha seats hots up, the rules of the game & top picks...

Agencies
Uttar Pradesh nominee: Amar Singh
2/16

Uttar Pradesh nominee: Amar Singh

Mr Fixit is back in favour of SP chief MSY. Comeback reportedly opposed by the Yadav family, including CM Akhilesh, but Netaji prevailed.

Beni Prasad Verma
3/16

Beni Prasad Verma

The Kurmi neta and old Mulayam loyalist, the SP’s co-founder joined Congress in 2009, became Union steel minister. He’s back in MSY’s good books & party.

Sanjay Seth
4/16

Sanjay Seth

Lucknow-based developer is working on key state govt projects. Governor Ram Naik rejected his nomination to a Vidhan Parishad seat.

Not to be outdone, the SP chief’s giving Seth a chance at the Upper house as an ‘elected’ member.

PTI
Andhra Pradesh nominee: Jairam Ramesh
5/16

Andhra Pradesh nominee: Jairam Ramesh

Oscar Fernandes & Jairam Ramesh fielded by Congress.

Nirmala Sitharaman
6/16

Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman has replaced Venkaiah Naidu as party nominee after Kannada organisations complained that Naidu not a Kannadiga. Sitharaman is also not a Kannadiga but her parents live in Bengaluru.

K C Ramamurthy
7/16

K C Ramamurthy

Contest will be for the third seat between Congress nominee, retd police officer K C Ramamurthy and JDS-backed Mangaluru businessman B M Farook.

P Chidambaram
8/16

P Chidambaram

Congress neta & former fi nance minister P Chidambaram is in the fray from Maharashtra.

PTI
Nominations from Bihar
9/16

Nominations from Bihar

Misa Bharti, Ram Jethmalani (RJD), Sharad Yadav, RCP Singh (JDU) and Gopal Narayan Singh (BJP).

All five will be declared ‘elected’ by evening of June 3, the last date of withdrawal of nominations.

Rajasthan nominee
10/16

Rajasthan nominee

Venkaiah Naidu’s nomination from Karnataka was opposed but he finds a home as BJP’s Rajasthan nominee.

PTI
Kamal Morarka
11/16

Kamal Morarka

Former Union minister Kamal Morarka has filed his nomination as an Independent, supported by the Congress, BSP and others

Madhya Pradesh nominee: M J Akbar
12/16

Madhya Pradesh nominee: M J Akbar

A surprise choice since Akbar was not among BJP’s state election committee’s recommendations.

Anil Madhav Dave
13/16

Anil Madhav Dave

The BJP poll strategist was also a surprise pick.

PTI
Vivek Tankha
14/16

Vivek Tankha

The senior lawyer and former advocate general is a Congress nominee. Said to be close to Digvijaya Singh and Kapil Sibal.

PTI
Jharkhand nominee: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
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Jharkhand nominee: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who belongs to Allahabad, & Jharkhand BJP treasurer and multimillionaire Mahesh Poddar are BJP’s nominees.

PTI
Mahesh Poddar
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Mahesh Poddar

Mahesh Poddar, 67, hails from Gumla district of Jharkhand, a bachelor of engineering, he owns six companies, and has manufacturing units for high tensile wires in four cities.

PTI

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