Chennai: Four AIADMK nominees and CPI(M)`s T K Rangarajan on Monday filed their nomination papers for the February 7 Rajya Sabha elections.
AIADMK`s L Sasikala Pushpa, Vijila Sathyanand, A K Selvaraj and S Muthukaruppan besides Rangarajan filed their nomination papers in the presence of AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the state secretariat here.
Biennial elections are being held for six Rajya Sabha seats in the state, as the terms of six members-- A A Jinnah and Vasanthi Stanley (both DMK), G K Vasan and Jayanthi Natarajan (both Congress), N Balaganga (AIADMK) and that of Rangarajan end by April 2.
Rangarajan has been renominated for a successive term by the party while DMK`s Tiruchi N Siva has already filed his papers.
As per the strength in the state Assembly, Trinamool with 186 seats, would be able to send three members to the Rajya Sabha. It has the support of six other MLAs. The Left Front with about 61 seats will be able to secure one.
A candidate requires 49 first-preference votes to win a seat in the Rajya Sabha, which has 294 Assembly seats.
"The Left front has nominated me. I will work for the poor and oppressed," CPI(M) nominee Ritabrata Banerjee said.
Banerjee, a student leader, known for his oratory skills, had kicked off a controversy when he, along with other SFI leaders were accused of heckling West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state finance minister Amit Mitra in New Delhi last year while protesting against the death of student leader Sudipto Gupta in Kolkata.
Banerjee`s nomination has also sparked-off a debate within the CPI(M) and the Left Front with many LF partners, including senior CPI(M) leader Abdur Rezak Mollah opposing it and terming the decision as a "wrong".
Asked to react on the dissidence within the party and LF on his nomination, Banerjee said, "I am a Left Front nominee. I don`t want to say anything other than that and I am not aware of any such thing."