S M Krishna Congress nominee for RS from Karnataka

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New Delhi, Jun 17: Former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna is the Congress nominee for the Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka. Party President Sonia Gandhi has approved his name. Anil Lad, a mining baron from Bellary is another candidate of the party candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls. M V Rajsekharan is the party's nominee for the Karnataka legislature council.

Krishna has resigned as Maharashtra Governer ahead of the Assembly polls in Karnataka and was heading the election management committee of the party in the state. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on Monday has deliberated on the issue of Rajya Sabha nominations from Karnataka with senior party leaders.

There are reports of talks between the Congress and H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S) for a possible tie-up for the Rajya Sabha polls. Congress, which has 80 members in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, is confident of bagging one Rajya Sabha seat, but if an understanding is reached with JD(S), it could have two members in the Upper House.

The names of former Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily and senior leader Margaret Alva have also been doing the rounds for Rajya Sabha nomination from the state. The elections were necessitated as Vijay Mallya, M V Rajshekharan, Janardhan Poojary and Prema Kariappa had completed their six-year tenure in the Upper House. The three members are also understood to be keen on being renominated.

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