Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has succeeded in ensuring complete local representation in selection of candidates as the party has chosen former MLC L Hanumanthaiah, AICC spokesperson Syed Naseer Hussain and KPCC general secretary G C Chandreshekar as its candidates.
Independent Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar will be the BJP candidate from Karnataka. Five Rajya Sabha members from Madhya Pradesh are completing their terms in April 2018. Earlier, he was elected to the upper house as an Independent.
Final List for UP - Arun Jaitley, Dr. Ashok Vajpayee, Sakaldeep Rajbhar, Dr. Anil Jain, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Kanta Kardam Jatav, GVL Narsimharao and Harinath Singh Yadav.
Madan Lal Saini and Kirori Lal Meena have been fielded from Rajasthan while Narayan Rane and V. Muraleedharan (Kerala) will contest from Maharashtra.
As on 19 February, the Congress had 122 members, the BJP had 43 and the Janata Dal (Secular) had 37 seats in the lower house of the Karnataka legislature. It opted to renominate Prasad from the state and made a decision to shift Pradhan to MP. Discussions for an alliance for the Rajya Sabha were held at the highest level figuring Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JMM executive president Hemant Soren in Delhi.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was shifted to Madhya Pradesh from Bihar.
A Rajya Sabha candidate from UP needs the votes of 37 MLAs for victory.
"Discussion was on between the Left Front and Congress regarding nominating a common candidate for the Rajya Sabha election in West Bengal". March 12th is the last date for filing of nominations.
Anil Baluni, the national head of the BJP's media wing, has been named from Uttarakhand, while Saroj Pandey, who is presently the general secretary of the party, has been named from Chattisgarh.