NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has filed his nomination from Rajasthan for his sixth term in the Upper House of Parliament. Dr. Manmohan Singh has been a Rajya Sabha member from Assam for the past five decades.
Former PM Singh filed his nomination papers on Tuesday. He was accompanied by prominent Congress leaders including Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, National General Secretary of the Congress Avinash Pandey. The opposition BJP has decided not to field candidates in the Rajya Sabha elections.
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Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Gulab Chand Kataria has made it clear. This has now decided to elect him. Singh has filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seat which has been vacated due to the demise of Madan Lal Saini of the BJP. Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was Prime Minister for 10 years, is not a member of either House. He has been elected Rajya Sabha MP from Assam five times. Talking to reporters in the Assembly House after filing nominations on Tuesday, Dr. Singh said that efforts are being made to give special status to Rajasthan.
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Former PM Manmohan Singh has set up four nominations. Among them, CM Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot as well as 40 Congress MLAs and all six BSP MLAs have joined the mover. The 200-member Assembly currently has 198 MLAs. The seat is vacant after two MLAs were elected As MPs. Out of 198 MLAs, Congress has 121 MLAs. The number of Congress MLAs is 100. Six BSP MLAs, one from Ralod and 12 independents have supported Manmohan Singh.
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