The BJP has decided to get noted journalist and its national spokesperson M J Akbar into the Rajya Sabha in a by-election from Jharkhand.
“BJP president Amit Shah has decided that M J Akbar will be the party candidate for the Rajya Sabha by-election in Jharkhand,” a party release said.
The by-election has been caused by the resignation of Kanwar Deep Singh. The polling, if necessary, will be held on July 2.
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The nominations close on Monday. The deadline for the withdrawal of nominations is June 25. This seat will hold only for a year and will be again up for a regular biennial election for a full six-year term next year.
Akbar, 64, has authored several books. Way back in 1989, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kishanganj in Bihar on a Congress ticket.
He joined the BJP last year, a little ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.