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
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
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