NEW DELHI: The Union Ministers, Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh, Mr Rajiv Shukla, Mr Mukul Roy, BSP chief, Ms Mayawati and BJP leader, Mr Arun Jaitley were on Thursday elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha even as NRI businessman, Mr Anshuman Mishra in Jharkhand and Congress leader, Mr Abdul Mannan in West Bengal withdrew from fray.
While most of the 15 states where the biennial polls to the Upper House are being held saw uncontested election of members, the two exceptions are Uttarakhand, where ruling Congress will take on opposition BJP for a lone seat, and Jharkhand where five candidates were left vying for 2 seats in the elections scheduled for March 30.
Hours before the deadline for withdrawal of nominations for the biennial polls in 15 states ended Thursday evening, London-based businessman Mr Anshuman Mishra, whose candidature was proposed by six BJP MLAs sparking resentment among the party’s senior leaders, withdrew his nomination.
Mr Mishra dropped out facing the prospect of defeat in the polls after several senior BJP central leaders revolting against his nomination which reportedly had the backing of party chief, Mr Nitin Gadkari.
In Uttarakhand, decks were cleared for a showdown between Congress candidate, Mr Mahendra Singh Mahra, a confidante of dissident party leader, Mr Harish Rawat, and BJP nominee, Mr Anil Goyal whose party colleague, Mr Naresh Bansal opted out of the race on the last day of the withdrawal.