With filing of nominations for Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections coming to a close on Monday, the ruling BJP on Sunday sounded confident of bagging 11 out of 13 seats going to polls on April 26, even as the saffron party released its list of candidates for the biennial elections. In a statement issued by the party’s central office in Delhi, the BJP announced 10 candidates for the state council polls.
The BJP candidates include UP ministers Mahendra Singh and Mohsin Raza. The party also named Sarojini Agarwal, Bukkal Nawab, Yashwant Singh, Jaiveer Singh, Vidhyasagar Sonkar, Vijay Bahadur Pathak, Ashok Kataria and Ashok Dhawan as its other candidates. Ashok Kataria, Vidyasagar Sonkar and Vijay Bahadur Pathak are general secretaries of the UP BJP, while Ashok Dhawan hails from Varanasi and is a former MLC.
A senior party leader requesting anonymity said that the 11th seat is likely to be used to accommodate Ashish Singh Patel, who is a senior leader of the Apna Dal-(Sonelal). The AD(S) is an ally of the BJP in the state and currently has nine MLAs in the Assembly. The BJP and its allies enjoy a brute strength of 324 out of the 403 seats in the Assembly. Arithmetically, they are likely to win 11 out of 13 seats comfortably and still be left with some additional votes.
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