New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday night named 12
candidates, including cash-for-vote scam accused Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ajay Sancheti whose name figured in Adarsh Housing
scam, for election to the Rajya Sabha.
Party general secretaries Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar
Prasad, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan are also
among the candidates nominated by the BJP.
Kulaste, an accused in the cash-for-vote scam who was
among the three lawmakers who had waved wads of currency notes
in the Lok Sabha during the 2008 trust vote, has been fielded
from Madhya Pradesh along with Najma Heptullah, Kaptan Singh
Solanki and Thawar Chand Gehlot.
Sancheti, a close associate of BJP chief Nitin Gadkari,
has been nominated from Chhattisgarh.
Party Vice President Vinay Katiyar, associated with
the Ram Janambhoomi movement and former BJP Uttar Pradesh unit
President, gets another term from the state.
Jaitley will contest for another term on a BJP ticket
from Gujarat while Nadda has been given the ticket from
Himachal Pradesh. Prasad and Pradhan will get his fourth term
in the Rajya Sabha from Bihar.
While 12 names were announced today after a meeting of
the party Central Election Committee, Gadkari has been
authorised to decide on the remaining six vacancies.