New Delhi, Mar 8: Congress is most likely to nominate technocrat Sam Pitroda from Gujarat after Karnataka chief Minister Siddaramaiah reportedly refused to give him a nomination from his state. After winning 77 seats in Gujarat Assembly elections held last year, the Congress is entitled to send two MPs from the state. Also Read - 'Unlock 1' in Gujarat: New Set of Relaxations Announced | Read Guidelines Here
Sam Pitroda, a close friend of the Gandhi family, is likely to get one of the two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat. Congress state chief, Bharat Sinh Solanki could file nomination for the second seat. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday announced to nominate Mansukh Mandaviya and Parshottam Rupala to the Upper House of Parliament from Gujarat. Also Read - Coronavirus: As Second-Last Day of Lockdown 4.0 Ends, Here's Where The Four Most-Affected States Stand
During a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah had reportedly told him that it would be unwise to send “outsiders” to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka ahead of the crucial Assembly elections. Polling to elect four members to the Rajya Sabha will be held on March 23 in Karnataka. Also Read - Lockdown in Karnataka: No Complete Shutdown in The State Tomorrow
In Karnataka, the ruling Congress can easily elect two Rajya Sabha MPs, where the opposition BJP can elect one. There will be a tough contest for the fourth seat between the Congress and the JDS.