The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will finalise the names of its candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections on Sunday in consultation with its Central leaders.

Though the party's State election committee met in Bangalore on Saturday night and held elaborate discussion on the issue, the party decided to put off the decision till Sunday to consult some more leaders.

Yeddyurappa abstains

Interestingly, the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa abstained from the meeting though his supporters, including Jagadish Shettar, Shobha Karandlaje and C.M. Udasi, participated in it.

Going by its strength in the Assembly, the BJP can elect two members to the Rajy Sabha. Speculation was rife that the BJP has shortlisted names of three candidates, including that of the party's national election committee convener Ramakrishna Rao, and that it would be brought down to two in consultation with the national leadership on Sunday.

The Rajya Sabha elections are scheduled for March 30.

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