The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Tuesday (February 13) nominated Ramjilal Suman, Jaya Bachchan and former IAS officer Alok Ranjan as candidates for the Rajya Sabha in Uttar Pradesh.
While actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan has been nominated for Rajya Sabha again, this is the first time for Ranjan.
“Suman, Bachchan and Ranjan are SP candidates for Rajya Sabha. They will file their nominations today,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary told PTI.
The SP, with its increased strength in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, from 47 in 2017 to 108 today, is now able to send three members.
The party has 108 MPs and the Congress, partner of the INDIA bloc, has two MPs.
A candidate needs 37 first preference votes to get a Rajya Sabha seat and hence the SP could send 3 members to the Rajya Sabha.
Asked about the choice of candidates fielded for the Rajya Sabha elections, SP MP Manoj Pandey told reporters in Lucknow that Ramjilal Suman belongs to PDA (Picchde, Dalit, Alpasankhyak), while Jaya Bachhan hails from a famous family from the country. .
Elections for 56 Rajya Sabha seats across 15 states are scheduled to take place on February 27 and the last date for filing nominations is February 15.
The vote will take place on February 27 and the results will be announced the same day.