New Delhi: On Sunday, The Bharatiya Janata Party released its list of 16 candidates for elections to the Rajya Sabha elections which are scheduled to take place on June 10. Polling will be held for 57 seats spread across 15 states. These elections will be crucial as they take place ahead of Presidential elections due in July.
Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal will contest the RS polls from Maharashtra, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will contest from Karnataka. Of the 16 candidates, six are from Uttar Pradesh. The party has fielded two women — Darshana Singh and Sangeeta Yadav — from the state.
The name of BJP general secretary Dushyant Gautam, who was a Rajya Sabha member from Haryana, was missing from the first list of candidates. And also Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s term is also set to end but he has not been named in the list by the party.
Here’s the complete list of 16 candidates and state:
.Anil Sukhdevrao Bonde
.Surendra Singh Nagar
.Satish Chandra Dubey
.Shambhu Sharan Patel
.Krishan Lal Panwar
Of the 57 seats that are going to the polls, the BJP has 23 seats while eight are held by the Congress.