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Joshi confident of winning RS polls

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 13: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi today (Mar 13, 2006) filed his nomination papers for the March 28 biennial elections to fill in vacancies in the Upper House of Parliament from Maharashtra.

Mr Joshi, also the former State Chief Minister, was accompanied by senior Shiv Sena leaders Ramdas Kadam, Subhash Desai and Neelam Gorhe when he filed his papers at Vidhan Bhawan this morning.

The veteran Sena leader had suffered defeat at the hands of Eknath Gaikwad of Congress from Mumbai North Central parliamentary constituency in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

After filing his nomination, Mr Joshi exuded confidence of his victory, while talking to mediapersons.

The winning quota of votes for a candidate to win a berth in the Rajya Sabha is 42 in the 289 member Legislative Assembly, which includes one nominated member.

Shiv Sena has 58 MLAs in the Lower House.

The last date of filing of nominations is March 17 and elections, if neccessary, will be held on March 28.

Mr Joshi said if all parties field candidates as per their strength in the Lower House of the legislature, all the Rajya Sabha candidates can get elected unopposed.

Meanwhile, the retiring members include noted actor Dilip Kumar and R S Gavai (Congress), Bal Apte (BJP), Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Vasant Chavan (NCP) and Ram Jethmalani who was supported by the Shiv Sena.

This time, the elections will not be held through secret ballot.

Political parties will have to appoint two representatives and inform the returning officer. Each voter (MLA) will have to show the ballot paper after voting to one of the representative and then cast it in the ballot box.


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