Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday launched the listing of two candidates for the Rajya Sabha bypolls- cupboard minister Sarbananda Sonowal and MOS L Murugan in Assam and Madhya Pradesh respectively.
Sonowal is the union minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush. Murugan is the junior minister for Information and Broadcasting. In Assam, the Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after Biswajit Daimary resigned and in Madhya Pradesh, the emptiness emerged as Thawar Chand Gehlot resigned following his appointment as Karnataka governor.
Sonowal was not too long ago introduced into the union Cabinet through the reshuffle on July 7. Earlier, he was the chief minister of Assam and he vacated his place for Himanta Biswa Sarma in May 2021. Murugan was the BJP president of the Tamil Nadu unit. Both the leaders wanted to be elected to the Upper House earlier than the interval of six months that will finish early subsequent 12 months.
The vacancies to the Rajya Sabha and the following election have been introduced by the Election Commission on September 7 And the polls for a similar would happen on October 4.
Six seats fell vacant- two from Tamil Nadu, one from Bengal, one from Assam, one from Madhya Pradesh and one from Maharashtra. While DMK has introduced the names of two candidates from Tamil Nadu, TMC gave the Bengal seat to Sushmita Dev. The Maharashtra seat which fell vacant after the demise of Rajiv Satav is but to be introduced.