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Amit Shah fields Rajput as BJP's 3rd candidate


It remains to be seen whether Shah would continue to be the party president after he becomes a Rajya Sabha member or whether there is a plan to induct him as a minister at the Centre with an important portfolio.

In a major political development, the BJP on Wednesday made a decision to field party chief Amit Shah and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani for the Rajya Sabha elections. Gujarat BJP in-charge, Bhupendra Yadav, said, "Today, our BJP national president, Smriti Iraniji and Balwantsinh Rajput filled nominations for the Rajya Sabha".

Shah, now a MLA in Gujarat, will be making his debut in Parliament once he is elected, given the numbers the ruling BJP enjoys in the state Assembly.

The announcement came after BJP Parliamentary Board met here to take stock of the Bihar situation following Nitish Kumar's resignation as the State Chief Minister.


Rajput who joined BJP after resigning as member of Congress, MLA from Siddhpur and party's chief whip in Assembly on Thursday, will contest against Congress nominee and Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel.

The terms of nine Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat and West Bengal would end on August 18. The election is scheduled for 8th August. He had contested Assembly elections from Siddhpur constituency in 1998 as Congress candidate but lost to BJP's Jay Narayan Vyas.

Smriti, in her 2014 affidavit for the Lok Sabha election, had claimed that she had a "BCom Part I from School of Correspondence, University of Delhi in 1994". The seat fall vacant due to demise of Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave.

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