The BJP has declared seven names for the Rajya Sabha biennial elections, to be held on February 7, replacing some of the outgoing MPs.
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel is set to enter the Upper House from Rajasthan, where the party had won a thumping majority.
Goel, replaced by party colleague Dr Harshvardan as the chief ministerial candidate in the recently concluded Delhi elections, is being sent to Rajya Sabha to keep the dissentions within the state unit under check.
Goel is one of the seven members whose name was decided by the party’s central election committee that met here in Delhi on Friday evening.
In the meeting chaired by BJP president Rajnath Singh, and attended by other senior members like LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the party decided to re-nominate Dr C P Thakur from Bihar and Prabhat Jha from Madhya Pradesh. While, the new inclusions include R K Sinha from Bihar and Dr Satyanarayan Jatiya from Madhya Pradesh, Ram Narayan Dudi and Narayan Panchariya have been nominated by the BJP to contest from Rajasthan as two retiring MPs Om Prakash Mathur and Gyan Prakash Pilania have been dropped. The list for Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra has yet not been decided, and is likely to be declared on Saturday.
The prominent names among the 13 BJP MPs who have completed their term in Rajya Sabha include Prakash Javadekar, Balbir Punj and Shanta Kumar.