Amit Shah's presence in Rajya Sabha a big boost for BJP
00:49, Jul 31, 2017
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The BJP president will also meet the senior party leaders individually to assess the party's organisational strength in the state after their landslide victory in the UP assembly polls.
Apart from Amit Shah, 2 more BJP leaders filed their nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections including Union Minister Smriti Irani. Union Minister Smriti Irani, now a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, has been re-nominated for the other seat.
Currently, Shah is an MLA from Gujarat's Naranpura constituency. It may be recalled that Patel is already part of the Rajya Sabha, and if he wins this time also, he will become a Rajya Sabha member for the fifth time.
The BJP's move came a day after Congress General Secretary and a close aide to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, was re-nominated as the party's candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat. The outgoing MPs are Ahmed Patel (Congress), Dilipbhai Pandya and Smriti Irani ( both BJP) from Gujarat and Derek O'Brien, Debabrata Bandhopadhyay, Sukhenduhakhar Roy and Dola Sen (all TMC), Pradip Bhattacharya (Congress) and Sitaram Yechury (CPI (M)) from West Bengal.
The directive of the CM has created fury among the ruling party which was also seen in the state assembly when a Legislator from Bundelkhand region Ashok Singh Chandel commented that the condition of the BJP MLAs was worst than the opposition.
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