The two candidates fielded by the BJP for the two Rajya Sabha seats vacant in Gujarat— Dinesh Prajapati and Rambhai Mokariya—are all set to win the election unopposed. Notably, Thursday was the last day for filing nominations for the election, but Congress has not fielded any candidate for the same.
Dinesh Prajapati and Rambhai Mokariya on Thursday filed their nominations for the two vacant Rajya Sabha seats in the presence of Gujarat BJP president CR Patil, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja, agriculture minister RC Faldu and other top BJP leaders.
Congress does not have the numbers
After the filing of the nominations, Nitin Patel said that Congress has not fielded its candidates for the Rajya Sabha election as it is aware that it does not have the required numbers to will win the seats. Since Congress has not fielded any candidates, both the BJP candidates will be elected unopposed after their forms are scrutinised.
Notably, the election for the two vacant seats was supposed to be held on March 1 from 9 am to 4 pm, after which the counting of votes was supposed to start on the same day at 5 pm.
Rajya Sabha seats turned vacant
Two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat turned vacant after the demise of Congress leader Ahmed Patel and BJP’s Abhay Bharadwaj. While Ahmed Patel passed away on November 25 last year, Abhay Bhardwaj died on December 1.
What BJP candidates said
Rambhai Mokariya, after filing his nomination, said that he would try to raise the issues being faced by common people and get them resolved. He also said that he would try to draw attention towards the issue of arrest of fishermen and help the community.
Similarly, Dinesh Prajapati said that his first priority will be to ensure the availability of basic services to the people. He said that he would try to resolve the issues faced by people in the state.
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