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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief, Amit Shah is all set to be a Member of Parliament as he filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat on Friday. The BJP chief filed his nomination papers at Gandhinagar.

Apart from Amit Shah — an MLA from Gujarat’s Naranpura constituency, Union Minister Smriti Irani along with one more BJP leader filed nominations for Rajya Sabha elections. The official announcement of Shah and Irani filing their nomination papers was made by BJP leader and Union Minister JP Nadda on Thursday.

JP Nadda had said, “The Parliamentary board has decided to field our party chief Amit Shah and Textile and I&B minister Smriti Irani for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha seats.”

The news of Shah and Irani filing nominations came in just a day after 3 Congress MLAs — said to be close aid of Shankarsinh Vaghela — resigned from Assembly ahead of Rajya Sabha polls. The resignation from Balwantsinh Rajput (who was also the chief whip), Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel has reduced the Congress’ numbers to 54 in the 182-seat assembly.

Congress has fielded Ahmed Patel as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha election scheduled for August 8.


First Published | 28 July 2017 1:56 PM
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