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Mohsina, Naqvi and Anwar among winners elected to upper house

Thursday, June 10, 2010 08:46:24 PM, UNI

Senior Congress leader Mohsina Kidwai won the election unopposed

Lucknow/Mumbai: A galaxy of political luminaries including Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, senior Congress leaders Captain Satish Sharma and Mohsina Kidwai, former BJP MP and senior journalist Chandan Mitra, Muslim face of the saffron party Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BSP supremo confidant Satish Chandra Mishra, got a passage to the House of Elders today.

After the last date of withdrawals ended, all 11 candidates in Lucknow -- Satish Chandra Mishra, Jugal Kishore, Ambeth Rajan, Mohammad Saleem Ansari, Naresh Kumar Kashyap, Rajpal Singh Saini and Satyapal Singh (all from BSP), Mohan Singh and Rashid Masood (SP), Captain Satish Sharma (Congress) and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (BJP)-- were declared elected to the Rajya Sabha.

Chief Minister Mayawati's party General Secretary, Mishra and Rajan were the only candidates, who had been repeated, while the remaining five were new faces from the ruling party.

Candidates of SP, Congress and BJP would also be first-timers in the RS from the state.

In Rajasthan, Congress nominee Narendra Budania was declared elected unopposed. He was the lone candidate who had filed nomination for the bypoll necessitated following the death of BJP Member K L Balmiki. This is his second entry in the Rajya Sabha.

Bharatiya Janata Party candidates Anil Dave and Chandan Mitra and Congress candidate Vijayalaxmi Sadho were elected unopposed for three seats from Madhya Pradesh.

Six candidates were elected unopposed from the Maharashtra Assembly following the withdrawal of Independent candidate Kanhaiyalal Gidwani.

The elected members were Vijay Darda and Avinash Pandey (Congress), Tariq Anwar and Ishwarlal Jain (Nationalist Congress Party), Piyush Goyal (BJP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena).

Gidwani, a Congress leader, who had filed as an Independent, withdrew in the last minute to pave the way for smooth election. In Chennai, all the six candidates, including three fielded by the ruling DMK, one by its ally Congress and two by the main opposition AIADMK for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu assembly, were declared elected unopposed.

Those elected to the Upper House of Parliament were T M Selvaganapathy, K P Ramalingam and S Thangavelu (all DMK), P H Manoj Pandian and K V Ramalingam (both AIADMK) and E M Sudarsana Nachiyappan (Congress). The victory of the candidates was a foregone conclusion following the rejection of the nominations filed by four Independents on June 8 as they were not supported by ten legislators, which was mandatory. In Raipur, Congress General Secretary Mohsina Kidwai and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nand Kumar Sai were re-elected unopposed from Chhattisgarh.

Ms Kidwai and Sai were the only two nominees of the Congress and the BJP, who filed their nominations in the biennial elections to two vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Chhattisgarh.





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