Ranbir Singh INLD's candidate for RS seat from Haryana



Chandigarh: Indian National Lok Dal today announced the name of Ranbir Singh Gangwa, a backward class leader, as the party's nominee for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from Haryana.

The name of 45-year-old Gangwa, who is INLD's Hisar district unit chief and had unsuccessfully contested the 2009 state assembly, was cleared at a meeting of the party's legislature group chaired by its chief and former Haryana chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala at his residence here.

The INLD's legislature party meet held on June 16 in Delhi had unanimously authorised Chautala to choose the name of the candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Addressing a news conference here this evening, Chautala said that Gangwa would be filing his nomination here tomorrow.

He said the party had earlier given representation to different sections in the Upper House before choosing a backward class leader this time. <

Meanwhile, former Haryana finance minister and senior Congress leader Birender Singh, who is the Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections from the state, would be filing his nomination on June 30.

Before he files his nomination, there would be a meeting of Congress MLAs from the state, which would be attended by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Birender Singh has also invited party MPs from the state on the day he files his nomination.

Singh had lost to Chautala in 2009 assembly elections by a margin of 621 votes from Uchana Kalan constituency in Jind district.

Birender Singh, who is currently co-chairman of the Congress' coordination committee for Haryana to ensure smooth functioning of the government, said that Congress general secretary Prithvi Raj Chauhan was also expected to be present when he files his nomination.

Biennial election to fill two vacancies to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana will be held on July 10.

The two seats fell vacant due to completion of the term of Tarlochan Singh and resignation of Ajay Singh Chautala (INLD), who was elected from Dabwali after the 2009 assembly polls.

The nominations would close on June 30, scrutiny would take place the following day and the last day of withdrawal is July three.

The party-wise strength in the 90-member state assembly is ruling Congress 45, including the Speaker, INLD 31, BJP four, BSP, SAD and Haryana Janhit Congress-BL one each and Independents seven.

-PTI