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BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Wednesday hinted at Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader M. Venkaiah Naidu being given one more opportunity by the party to contest the Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka. When asked by presspersons if the party would field those from the State or from outside, Mr. Yeddyurappa remarked: “We consider the entire country as one unit.”

Elections to four Rajya Sabha seats from the State are scheduled for June 17 to fill up the vacancies arising out the retirement of four members — Oscar Fernandes, M. Venkaiah Naidu, M.A.M. Ramaswamy and B.K. Hariprasad.

Later, when asked if he would seek re-election, Mr. Naidu only said the party central election committee would decide such issues.

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