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Six candidates enter Rajya Sabha unopposed

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Mar 16, 2018, 3:12 am IST
Updated : Mar 16, 2018, 3:13 am IST

A senior BJP leader said that candidature of Mr Muralidharan was declared at the last moment.

(Left) Shiv Sena candidate Anil Desai and BJP candidate V Muralidharan were elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra on Thursday. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)
 (Left) Shiv Sena candidate Anil Desai and BJP candidate V Muralidharan were elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra on Thursday. (Photo: Rajesh Jadhav)

Mumbai: Six Rajya Sabha candidates from Maharashtra were elected unopposed after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew its fourth candidate Vijaya Rahatkar. Prakash Javdekar, V Muralidharan,  Narayan Rane, Kumar Ketkar, Vandana Chavan, Anil Desai were elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra on Thursday. 

Vijaya Rahatkar submitted her letter of withdrawal on Thursday. 

Initially, CM Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP leaders had said that the party was trying to win four seats with the help from Shiv Sena's additional 19 votes and few votes from small parties and independents. But the BJP's strategy failed. 

A senior BJP leader said that candidature of Mr Muralidharan was declared at the last moment. 

He was busy with the party work in Karnataka. He was asked to prepare necessary documents, and special arrangements were made to bring him to Mumbai. 

But there was a fear that he may be late and Monday was the last day of filing nomination. Hence, Ms Rahatkar was asked to file the nomination as a precaution in case of any problem. After Murlidharan's nomination was cleared, BJP asked Rahatkar to withdraw the application. 

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