Polling for four Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan will take place on June 11 as no candidate withdrew their nomination on Friday, the last date for withdrawal of candidature.
Four BJP candidates and one Independent candidate, supported by opposition Congress, National People’s Party (NPP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Independent MLAs, have filed nominations for the four seats.
“Since no candidate withdrew their nomination, polling will take place on June 11 from 9 am to 4 pm,” returning officer Prithvi Raj said.
With its 160 MLAs and support of four independent MLAs in a house of 200, BJP had hoped to elect its candidates unopposed. However, nomination by former Union minister and businessman Kamal Morarka on the last day dashed BJP’s hopes even as it accused the Congress of willing to indulge in horse trading as it does not have the sufficient numbers to elect a candidate.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, BJP national vice president Om Prakash Mathur, former RBI official Ramkumar Verma and member of the erstwhile Dungarpur royal family Harsh Vardhan Singh are the BJP nominees.