Former PM Manmohan Singh files nomination for Rajya Sabha by-poll from Rajasthan

Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh is the party candidate for by-polls to a Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan.

He filed his nomination in state capital Jaipur in presence of state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot on Tuesday.

The by-election to the Rajya Sabha seat is being held after it fell vacant following the death of BJP chief Madan Lal Saini.

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The party, with the support of its 100 MLAs, 12 independents and six MLAs of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, has the numbers to get Dr Singh through to the Rajya Sabha.

The BJP has not declared a candidate for the seat so far. The party has 73 MLAs in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly.

Singh was a Rajya Sabha member from Assam for 28 years from 1991 to 2019. But the Congress no longer has enough lawmakers to re-nominate him from the northeastern state.

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