Amit Shah to contest Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat


New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah will contest Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat, the party said on Wednesday.

Elections will be held for three seats in the state on August 8 and the BJP, with its big majority in the state assembly, will easily win two. For the second seat, the BJP will re-nominate union minister Smriti Irani, whose term ends next month.

Amit Shah is a five-term legislator in the Gujarat assembly. The decision to bring the party chief to parliament for the first time was taken at a meeting on Wednesday of the BJP’s highest decision-making body, the parliamentary board, union minister JP Nadda said after the meeting.

The terms of nine Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat and West Bengal are ending on August 18. These include Irani, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien.

Out of the 9 retiring members, four are from the Trinamool Congress, two from the Congress, two from the BJP and one from the CPI-M.

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