K C Venugopal, K T S Tulsi among RS candidates named by Congress
New Delhi, Mar 13: The Congress declared nine candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls, including party general secretary K C Venugopal, Rajiv Satav and senior Supreme Court advocate K T S Tulsi.
The Congress named Digvijaya Singh and Phool Singh Baraiya to contest from Madhya Pradesh where a keen contest would take place in one out of the three seats as the BJP has also announced two candidates - Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki. The Congress and the BJP, given their respective strength in the Assembly, can ensure an easy win for their one candidate, while a contest is on cards on the third seat.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi approved the candidature of nine candidates for the March 26 Rajya Sabha polls, a party statement said.
Apart from Singh and Baraiya from MP, the Congress has named Tulsi and Phulo Devi Netam from Chhattisgarh, Shahzada Anwar from Jharkhand, Rajiv Satav from Maharashtra, Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi from Rajasthan and Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem from Meghalaya.
Later, the party issued another list of three more candidates - Deepender Hooda from Haryana, and Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki from Gujarat.
The party has opted for a young face in Hooda, the son of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, instead of senior leader and former Union minister Kumari Selja from the state.
Earlier in the day, when asked about the Rajya Sabha nominations, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was up to the party president to decide who will go to the Upper House and who will not.
"Personally I am not a contender for any post...I believe that there are many people who want to go to Rajya Sabha, but the party is like a mother and the party is bigger than the post," he said, adding that everyone should accept the decision of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and serve the party.