Congress-backed candidate files nom for RS polls
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Last Updated: Monday, June 07, 2010, 21:18
Bhubaneswar: Backed by the opposition Congress, industrialist Tara Ranjan Patnaik today filed his nomination for the June 17 Rajy Sabha polls in Orissa, a day after BJP decided to abstain from the election process.

Accompanied by leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh and Congress MLAs, 57-year-old Patnaik submitted two sets of nomination papers.

Claiming that he enjoyed the support of at least 40 MLAs, Patnaik said he was confident of getting elected to the upper house of Parliament as the united opposition candidate.

Though state BJP leadership had earlier decided to support an united opposition candidate to prevent the ruling BJD from sweeping in all the three Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant from July 1, it changed its stand yesterday by announcing that its MLAs would abstain from voting.

The third seat is crucial as neither the ruling BJD nor the opposition parties have requisite strength of 37 first preference vote in the 147-member house. Each candidate needs at least 37 first preference votes to win the polls.

While BJD has an edge over others with 103 members in the assembly, its first two candidates are sure to win the polls by securing 74 first preference votes. However, its third candidate requires support of eight more law makers from outside the party.

Congress, the main opposition in the assembly, has 27 members followed by BJP (six), NCP (four), CPI (one) and six independents.


First Published: Monday, June 07, 2010, 21:18

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