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All five candidates elected unopposed to RS from Bihar

Newly elected Rajya Sabha members from Bihar Ramnath Thakur, Harivansh and Kahkashan Parveen, (all belonging to Janata Dal-United) show their winning certificates in Patna on Friday. (Right) RJD leader Prem Chand Gupta receives the certificate after winning the Rajya Sabha election, in Ranchi.— PHOTOS: PTI

Newly elected Rajya Sabha members from Bihar Ramnath Thakur, Harivansh and Kahkashan Parveen, (all belonging to Janata Dal-United) show their winning certificates in Patna on Friday. (Right) RJD leader Prem Chand Gupta receives the certificate after winning the Rajya Sabha election, in Ranchi.— PHOTOS: PTI  

All the five candidates — three from the ruling Janata Dal (United) and two from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar on Friday.

The five are: Ramnath Thakur, Harivansh, Kahkashan Parveen (all from JD(U)), C.P. Thakur and R.K. Sinha (BJP).

New faces for JD(U)

All the three JD(U) candidates are new faces of the party to the Upper House of the Parliament.

“They were declared elected unopposed after the time for withdrawal of nominations during the day ended,” said Phool Jha, Secretary of the Bihar Assembly and Returning Officer for RS polls.

Mr. Ramnath Thakur is the son of veteran socialist leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur, while Mr. Harivansh is a journalist and editor of Hindi daily Prabhat Khaba. Ms. Parveen hails from the Muslim community.

They have replaced Shivanand Tiwari, bureaucrat-turned- politician N.K. Singh and Shabir Ali.

Mr. C.P. Thakur is a former union minister while R.K. Sinha has his roots in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

JD(U) has 118 MLAs and BJP 91 MLAs in the Assembly.

2 elected from Jharkhand

In Jharkhand, sitting MP Parimal Nathwani and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Prem Chand Gupta were on Friday elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha.

“Prem Chand Gupta took his winner’s certificate today while Parimal Nathwani will possibly take it tomorrow [Saturday],” Secretary of the Assembly Secretariat and Returning Officer for the RS election Sushil Kumar Singh told PTI in Ranchi.

The announcement was made after receiving a directive from the Election Commission of India on the last day of the withdrawal on Friday, he added.

Mr. Nathwani and Mr. Gupta were the only candidates who had filed nominations for the two seats, making the February 7 elections inconsequential.

Mr. Gupta got the backing of all the United Progressive Alliance partners — Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Rashtriya Janata Dal — while Mr. Nathwani got the support of the BJP, All Jharkhand Students Union party and others, enabling them to file their nomination on January 28.

Syiem declared elected

In Meghalaya, sitting Congress Rajya Sabha MP Wansuk Syiem was declared elected for the second term to the Upper House of Parliament as she was the only candidate in the fray.

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Secretary H. Mylliemngap, who is also the returning Officer for the election, declared Ms. Syiem as the elected representative to the Rajya Sabha.

The Election Commission of India has declared January 31 as the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

The 57-year-old former member of the National Commission for Women had studied till matriculation, before officially joining the ranks and files of the party.

She become the first woman from Meghalaya to occupy the lone seat in the Rajya Sabha in the byelection in April last year.

Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president D.D. Lapang and other senior party leaders congratulated Ms. Syiem.

Later addressing the media, Mr. Lapang lauded Ms. Syiem’s performance during her short stint in office in Delhi.

“She was friendly and helpful to all members of the House and attended to all the responsibilities assigned to her,” he said.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has also congratulated Ms. Syiem.

Viplov Thakur

from H.P.

In Himachal Pradesh, senior Congress leader Viplov Thakur was elected unopposed in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections.

Ms. Thakur, who was the only candidate in the fray for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the State, was declared elected by the Returning Officer after deadline for withdrawal expired.

The seat is falling vacant as the tenure of BJP leader Shanta Kumar is to end on April 9.

Ms. Thakur (70) is the only woman from Himachal Pradesh to be elected twice to the Rajya Sabha and her earlier term was from 2006 to 2012.

The other leaders who were elected twice from the State included Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, C.L. Verma and Sushil Borangappa.

The other women Rajya Sabha members from Himachal included Leela Devi (1956), Satyawati Dang (1968), Mohinder Kaur (1978), Usha Malhotra (1980), Chandresh (1996) and Bimla Kashyap (2010) while Roshan Lal was the lone member who was elected for three consecutive terms and remained Rajya Sabha member from 1970 to 1988.

A former State Congress Committee president, Ms. Thakur was also elected to the State Assembly thrice and has also served as Minister of State from 1993 to 1998.

She was a minister in the Virbhadra Singh government in the State from 1995 to 1998. She was a member of Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012. — PTI

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