New Delhi: Four Cong nominees,
including Union Minister Jairam Ramesh and former Andhra Chief
Minister N Janardhana Reddy, and two of the TDP were elected
unopposed to the Rajya Sabha today while Ambika Soni of the
Congress and journalist Chandan Mitra are poised to enter the
House of Elders.
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Satish Sharma,
legal luminary Ram Jethmalani and liqour baron Vijay Mallya
were among a host of aspirants who entered the fray for the
biennial polls to the Rajya Sabha on the last day of filing
With six aspirants in the race for as many Upper House
berths from Andhra Pradesh after the deadline for withdrawal
of nominations drew to close this evening, all of them were
declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha by the Returning
They are Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam
Ramesh, Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy, V Hanumantha Rao and J D
Seelam, a retired IAS officer, of the ruling Congress and
Gundu Sudha Rani and Y Satyanarayana Choudary, a businessman,
of the main opposition TDP.
The two TDP nominees are making their debut in the
Union Minister and Congress leader Ambika Soni and
Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Balwinder Singh Bhunder
are all set to bag the Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab.
With both in the fray for as may berths from Punjab,
they all set to enter the Upper House after the deadline for
withdrawal of nominations ends on June 10.
Soni has been renominated by the Congress while Bhunder
has replaced SAD`s Raj Mohinder Singh.
BJP hopefuls -- Chandan Mitra and Anil Madhav Dave --
and Vijay Laxmi Sadho of the Congress -- are likely to bag RS
seats from Madhya Pradesh.
Only three candidates are vying for as many seats from
BJP`s spokesman Tarun Vijay has virtually bagged the
lone Rajya Sabha seat from Uttarakhand. He is the only one in
the race from the hill state.