Keen contest on cards in RS polls in Rajasthan
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 17:52
Jaipur: With its stakes high in Thursday's Rajya Sabha elections with noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani as one of its candidates, the BJP is taking no chances and has herded most of its MLAs in a hotel about 20 kms from here.

The Congress, which can win two candidates on its own strength, is also not leaving any stone unturned in its bid to get an independent elected with its support.

With reported differences in BJP over Jethmalani's nomination, the Congress is backing Santosh Bagrodia, a former union minister, who is contesting as an independent. Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and Ashaq Ali Tak are the Congress candidates.

The BJP, which has 79 MLAs, is sure of the success of one of its two candidates -- VP Singh and Jethmalani -- a founding member who returned to the party only to contest the poll. It needs three more votes.

JD(U) MLA Fateh Singh has also expressed support to BJP in the election as the two parties are in alliance. 67 BJP MLAs have been put up in a hotel in Jaipur suburbs where 87-year-old Jethmalani was interacting with the MLAs seeking their votes.

With every vote counting, both the sides have stepped up their efforts to woo members. The decision of CPI(M) which has three MLAs to abstain from voting has added uncertainty in the contest.


First Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 17:52

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