Patna: On the last day to file nomination papers for the six Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar, senior BJP leader and Central Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, along with JD–U's Vashisht Narayan Singh and Mahendra Prasad, Congress leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh, and RJD's Ashfaque Karim and Manoj Jha, on Monday completed the formality in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Rabri Devi, and other party leaders.
All six candidates are contesting without any opposition so their election is a foregone conclusion.
While both Janata Dal-U leaders are already sitting Rajya Sabha members, it will be for the first time the two Rashtriya Janata Dal candidates – Ashfaq Karim and Manoj Jha will be going to the Upper House of the Parliament.
Karim is the founder of the Katihar Medical College and Hospital, while Jha is a professor at Delhi University.
It will be for the first time in 16 years that the Congress will be sending its own man to the Rajya Sabha.
In the game of politics, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi turned out to be the biggest loser as he broke away from the ruling NDA in Bihar just a couple of weeks ago to join hands with the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan in the hope of securing one Rajya Sabha seat out of the six vacant seats. He, however, was snubbed by the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who is running the entire show from within the walls of prison in Ranchi in connection with the fodder scam.
Senior RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Shivanand Tiwari were also ignored by Yadav despite early talks of them getting the Rajya Sabha tickets.
Talking to reporters, Jha expressed his gratitude for nominating him for the Rajya Sabha seat.
Though himself belonging to the upper caste, Jha said that Lalu Prasad Yadav has entrusted him to be the voice of the Dalits and backwards in the Upper House.
"I realize my responsibilities and I will not disappoint my party leaders," he said.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, talking to reporters, said that soon the BJP will have absolute majority in the Rajya Sabha and that will the day when Congress' status will be reduced to ashes.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS