Rajya Sabha Election: Jaya Bachchan to be Samajwadi Party Candidate For Upper House, Say Party Sources

New Delhi, March 7: Actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan is likely to be Samajwadi Party’s candidate for Rajya Sabha election which is scheduled to take place later this month. The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday said the election process to the 58 Rajya Sabha seats will be completed by March 26. Polls, if necessary, will take place on March 23, the Commission said.

Jaya Bachchan was first elected to the Upper House on Samajwadi Party ticket in 2004. She was re-elected in 2012 for a third term as Rajya Sabha member.  Backing Jaya’s candidature,  Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh said,” Jaya Bachchan was consistently loyal to the Samajwadi Party, its system and hierarchy. She has proved to be better a politician than Naresh Agrawal.”

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has named old loyalist Bhim Rao Ambedkar as party’s candidate for the Upper House of Parliament.

In a statement, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said there is no place for dynastic politics in her party and all speculation about naming her brother as the candidate was false and motivated.

Ambedkar is from Etawah and has been a legislator from Lakhna constituency in the district. The BSP candidate had won the state assembly election from Lakhan in 2007 but failed to retain his seat in the 2012 assembly polls.

She announced the name of the old party loyalist after a marathon meeting of BSP leaders and office-bearers. She further said that her brother will never hold any office as an MP or minister. (Also Read: BSP-SP Plan to do a Bihar Against BJP in Uttar Pradesh; Will They Succeed?)

The announcement also nipped the speculation that the four-time Chief Minister had extended support to the candidates of arch rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) in the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in lieu of some understanding in her favour for a re-entry into the Rajya Sabha or that of her brother.


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