Naidu, Mathur, two others file nominations for RS from Rajasthan

Jaipur, May 30 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, senior BJP leader Om Prakash Mathur and two others filed their nomination as BJP candidates from Rajasthan for the Rajya Sabha here on Monday.

Mathur, who is considered close to the party’s central leadership, is also the national vice-president of the BJP.

Two new faces, Harshvardhan Singh and Ramkumar Verma, also filed their nominations.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, her cabinet colleagues and BJP MLAs were present on the occasion.

“Nominations were filed today by four of the BJP candidates,” Rajasthan assembly secretary Prithvi Raj told reporters.

After filing the nomination, Naidu said: “I thank the central leadership, Rajasthan chief minister, her cabinet colleagues and MLAs to have given me an opportunity to go to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. I will now give more attention to the state.”

Mathur said that he will raise issues concerning the state before the Centre.

The last date for filing nominations is May 31. Scrutiny of the nominations will take place on June 1 and elections, if necessary, will be held on June 11.

Counting of votes will be taken up on the same day.

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