BJP nominates Sarbanada Sonowal for Rajya Sabha by-polls


Guwahati: The BJP nominated Union minister and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls.

The BJP on Saturday also nominated minister of state L Murugan for the Rajya Sabha by-election slated in Madhya Pradesh for October 4 

While Sonowal, who is the incumbent Union minister for ports, shipping and waterways, will be the nominee for the seat that has fallen vacant from Assam, Murugan will be the party’s nominee for the vacancy that has arisen in Madhya Pradesh.

Both the BJP leaders were recently inducted as ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making it necessary for them to contest elections for Parliament within six months.

The selection of both the BJP leaders to the Rajya Sabha is certain as the party has a majority in both state assemblies.

In Assam, a Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after Biswajit Daimary resigned to become the assembly speaker.

In Madhya Pradesh, the vacancy emerged after the then Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot resigned following his appointment as Karnataka governor.