BJD Candidates File Nomination Papers For RS Polls

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Bhubaneswar: Ama Odisha chief Soumya Ranjan Patnaik along with founder of KIIT and KISS Achyuta Samanta and party spokesperson Prashanta Nanada file their nomination papers in Bhubaneswar for the biennial Rajya Sabha polls from Odisha.

All of them are fielded by ruling BJD for biennial Rajya Sabha polls. The elections for three seats from Odisha will be held on March 23.

The three Rajya Sabha seats of the state will fall vacant in April.

Elections to three RS seats in Odisha will be held as the tenure of Dilip Tirkey, A U Singhdeo and BJD-backed Independent candidate A V Swami would end on April 3, 2018.

As per the Election Commission of India, notification for the election would be issued on March 5, while last date of nomination is March 12.

To win the Rajya Sabha election in the state, a candidate needs 37 first preference votes, state Assembly officials said.

The BJD has 118 MLAs in the Odisha Assembly, the Congress has 15 MLAs and the BJP has 10 legislators.

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