The biennial polls for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from UP are due on 23 March.
Former Chief Minister Narayan Rane, who founded the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh a year ago, filed his nomination from the BJP's quota.
Following Ghaziabad businessman Anil Agarwal's candidature for the tenth seat things may be a little hard for the BSP as there is a possibility of the BJP supporting the former's candidature. BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey has been fielded from poll-bound Chhattisgarh, while party spokerperson Anil Baluni will file his nominations from Uttarakhand. BJP nominated businessman Rajeev Chandrashekar, who was an Independent Rajya Sabha member and joined the party on Monday. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in June 2009 and was against re-elected in 2010. Looking at the selection of the candidates and the in-fighting that has surfaced afterwards, it is clear that there is a feeling of discontent among Congress members from their central leadership. Congress party leader and former minister Rajmani Patel too submitted the nomination form.
Rathwa said that there was some confusion about his voter's certificate but the issue had been resolved. The BJP has announced a list of 18 candidates while the Congress came up with a list of 10.
Besides Chaturvedi, senior leaders such as Suresh Pachauri, former Mahila Congress chief Shobha Oza and State Congress president Arun Yadav were in contention for the seat in MP.
The BJP has 28 extra votes and needs 37 to get its ninth candidate cruise through. In the House of 182 legislators, BJP has a strength of 99 against the Congress party's 77. All the six candidates fielded till Sunday - three from the BJP and one each from ally Shiv Sena, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party - were expected to sail through without a contest. It is worth mentioning that Vidya Sagaar and Vishnoi are most likely to withdraw their nominations on March 15 opening way for Anil Agarwal to contest for the ninth seat.