All RS seats from UP set to be filled up without contest

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Lucknow, Nov 10 (UNI) Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary Amar Singh and BSP's Veer Singh are set to make their re-entry into Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, as all 10 candidates, who filed their nominations for biennial RS polls on 10 seats are likely to be elected unopposed.

BJP's Kusum Rai and Mohammad Adib, the joint candidate of the Congress and the SP, today filed their nominations, making the total number of candidates 10.

Mohammad Adib, though fielded as an Independent candidate, is supported by the Congress and the SP. A galaxy of leaders from both the parties- AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, UP Congress committee president Reeta Bahuguna Joshi, senior Congress leader Salman Khursheed, SP leader and son of SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Congress legislature party leader Pramod Tiwari were present on the occasion of filing his nomination.

Earlier in the day, Ms Rai, rather a ''shock candidate'' for the party and the political observers across the state, filed her nomination as BJP candidate for the Rajya Sabha biennial polls due on November 21 in Uttar Pradesh.

The results of the unopposed elections are likely to be announced on November 14, the last date for withdrawal of nominations the scrutiny of nominations would take place tomorrow, according to the Returning Officer and the principal secretary of UP Vidhan Sabha Pradeep Dubey.

The candidates in fray, who are likely to enjoy unopposed entry to the Rajya Sabha from the state, are Veer Singh, former Union Minister and now BSP general secretary Akhilesh Das,Brajesh Pathak, Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Rajaram and Brijlal Khabari (all BSP), Amar Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), Kusum Rai (BJP) and Mohammad Adib (Independent supported by the Congress-SP).

Ms Rai, a protege of BJP heavyweight Kalyan Singh, speaking to mediapersons, after her nomination, said her candidature was on the lines of BJP's policy to enhance women participation. She denied that she was given preference in view of the resentment of Kalyan Singh with the party, which was quite evident in the recent past.

Mr Singh, though, was absent at the time of nomination. To which, Ms Rai said he was ''too big a leader to be present'' on the occasion, but his experience would be sought, as and when required.

Out of these candidates, SP's Ram Gopal Yadav is the Lok Sabha member from Sambhal in UP, while BSP's Brajesh Shukla is the LS member from Unnao in the state.

Mohammad Adib, the former Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students' union president, would make his maiden entry to the Upper House of Parliament along with Ms Rai. Talking to newspersons immediately after the nomination, Mr Adib said he would like to be reckoned as candidate of both the Congress and the SP.

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