BJP To Field Amit Shah, Smriti Irani For Rajya Sabha Polls


New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani will contest the Rajya Sabha elections, confirmed Union Minister JP Nadda after BJP’s Parliamentary Party meeting on Wednesday evening. Both the leaders will contest from Gujarat where three seats will fall vacant in September. Elections are going to be held on August 8.

Irani was recently made the Information and Broadcasting Minister after the post fell vacant following the resignation of Venkaiah Naidu, who was made NDA’s vice presidential candidate.

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Earlier in the day, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat. Patel is already a member of the Upper House of Parliament from the state. If re-elected, the 67-year-old would become a member of the House for the fifth time.