Bangalore: Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu,
who was nominated by the party for a third successive term,
today filed his nomination for the June 17 Rajya Sabha
elections from Karnataka.
BJP`s Karnataka unit spokesman Ayanur Manjunath also
submitted his nomination papers along with Naidu.
Election to the Upper House is being held for four seats
in the state and the ruling BJP has the numerical strength to
win two seats in the 224-member Assembly.
Excluding the Speaker, BJP has 115 members, Congress 74,
JDS 27, Independents six, and one seat is vacant.
Meanwhile, a pro-Kannada organisation today staged a
protest in front of the BJP office protesting Naidu`s
re-nomination to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka "as he does not
belong to the state".