3-Time MP, Veteran Actress Jaya Bachchan To Be Samajwadi Party Nominee For Rajya Sabha

| March 7 , 2018 , 14:49 IST

Bollywood veteran actress Jaya Bachchan, who has secured considerable success as a member of parliament, has once again been nominated as the Samajwadi Party candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections, party sources said on Wednesday.

Bachchan was first elected as a Samajwadi Party member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha in 2004 till March 2006, a second term from June 2006 to July 2010 and a third term from 2012 which is due to complete on April 3.

While the Samajwadi Party is yet to make an official announcement on the candidature of Jaya Bachchan, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh supported her candidacy as opposed to SP leader Naresh Agrawal who was said to be a possible candidate.

"Jaya Bachchan was consistently loyal to the Samajwadi Party, its system and hierarchy. She has proved to be better a politician than Naresh Agrawal," said Amar Singh.

Initial speculations suggested that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee might nominate Jaya Bachchan as a Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha candidate, but so far no official announcement had been made.

The Election Commission on Wednesday said that the election process for the 58 vacating Rajya Sabha seats would be completed by March 26, with polls taking place on March 23, if required.

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Based on the strength of political parties in 403-member Uttar Pradesh state assembly, the BJP and its allies having 324 members would be able to clearly win 8 out of the vacant 10 seats and the Samajwadi Party with 47 members would be able to win 1 seat.

The other parties, including BSP with 19 members, the Congress with 7, the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the NISHAD Party with one each, would be able to win the 10th seat together.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday announced former MLA Bhimrao Ambedkar as the party candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections.