Notably, none of the Union ministers, whose terms are coming to an end, were named in the list amid a strong possibility of many of them contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
In Uttar Pradesh, the party has fielded six new faces for seven seats, including RPN Singh, Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, Sadhna Singh, Amarpal Maurya, Sangita Balwant and Navin Jain. Sudhanshu Trivedi, the party’s spokesperson, is the only candidate to have been awarded a second term in the Upper House.
Among the new faces in the BJP list is former Union minister RPN Singh, who joined the BJP from the Congress ahead of the 2022 assembly elections in UP. Singh belongs to Padrauna and is a Kurmi caste.
Chaudhary Tejveer Singh belongs to Mathura and is a former Lok Sabha member. His presence in the Upper House will strengthen the BJP’s base in western Uttar Pradesh, political analysts said.
Amarpal Maurya is the state secretary of the party and is known to be actively involved in organizational issues. Sadhna Singh belongs to Gorakhpur and is the daughter-in-law of former chief minister Veer Bahadur Singh. Her husband Fateh Bahadur Singh is a BJP MLA from Campierganj and she is a former district panchayat president.
Navin Jain is a former mayor of Agra and known for his political activity. Sangita Balwant belongs to the Bind community and lost the 2022 assembly elections.
Bihar has six vacancies and both the ruling NDA and the opposition are likely to win three seats each, based on their current strengths. BJP ally JD(U) is likely to name its candidate for one seat. BJP is recruiting Dr Dharmsheela Gupta and Dr Bhim Singh from the state.
In Chhattisgarh, BJP has fielded Raja Devendra Pratap Singh. Singh, 49, comes from a prestigious lineage and is the son of Maharaja Chakradhar Singh’s grandson. Notably, the renowned cultural event ‘Chakradhar Samaroh’ is organized annually in Raigarh in honor of Maharaja Chakradhar Singh.
In Haryana, the BJP has chosen Subhash Barala, former party chief in the state, as its candidate for the upcoming elections. Meanwhile, the party has roped in Narayana Krishanasa Bhandage from Karnataka.
The party picked Mahendra Bhatt from Uttarakhand and Samik Bhattacharya from Karnataka for the upper house elections.
Elections for 56 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on February 27.
Meanwhile, a total of 58 Rajya Sabha members – including eight central ministers, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda – will retire in the first week of May this year.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Bhupender Yadav, Parshottam Rupala, Dharmendra Pradhan, V Murleedharan, Narayan Rane, Rajeev Chandrashekhar and Ashwini Vaishnaw are the eight ministers who will retire from April 2 to 3, along with 47 other MPs, including Manmohan Singh and Nadda.
Among those retiring are 28 MPs from BJP, 11 from Congress, four from Trinamool Congress, four from Bharat Rashtra Samithi, two from Biju Janata Dal, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United), and one from YSRCP, Shiv Sena . , PCN, Telugu Desam Party and Sikkim Democratic Front.
Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan, BJP’s Anil Baluni and Prakash Javadekar and BJD’s Amar Patnaik are among the leaders retiring from the Rajya Sabha.
The retirement of these MPs and the outcome of the upcoming general elections will affect the representation each party will have in the Upper House during the next term of the Lok Sabha.
Currently, the BJP has 93 Rajya Sabha MPs, 30 Congress MPs, 13 Trinamool Congress MPs and six nominated members, among others, in a house of 239 with six vacancies.
(With contributions from agencies)