Samajwadi Party candidate Jaya Bachchan files nomination for Rajya Sabha

Lucknow, March 9: The Samajwadi Party candidate Jaya Bachchan on Friday filed nomination for Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.

Accompanied by party Vice President Kirnmoy Nanda, chief spokesman Rajendra Chowdhary, Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav and Sahara India founder Subrata Roy, Jaya Bachchan filed three sets of papers at the Central Hall of the state Assembly here.

Actor turned politician has been a Samajwadi Party member in the Rajya Sabha since 2004, for three terms. The party has picked her over Naresh Agarwal, who has been a member of the upper house of Parliament since 2010.

The SP, the main opposition in Uttar Pradesh, can send one member to the Rajya Sabha, elections for which will be held on March 23.

The BSP has 19 seats, SP 47 and the Congress six seats in the Upper House of Parliament. Each candidate requires 33 votes in the house to attain victory.

Asked how she felt as she had been chosen over many senior contenders in the party, the 69-year-old shot back by saying she too was a party veteran.

Ten Rajya Sabha members from Uttar Pradesh will be elected on March 23

So far, the BJP named Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as its candidate, while the Bahujan Samaj Party has chosen former legislator Bhim Rao Ambedkar to contest the poll.


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