Speculation over Amit Shah's role in Rajya Sabha

BJP Chief Amit Shah To Contest August 8 Rajya Sabha Polls From Gujarat

The announcement of Amit Shah contesting election was made by union health minister, JP Nadda.

If the BJP manages win all three Rajya Sabha seats, it will be a shot in the arm for the ruling party in Gujarat ahead of this year's assembly election, party leaders said.

BJP president Amit Shah will be in Uttar Pradesh on a three-day visit from tomorrow to hold a series of meetings with local leaders and state government ministers, as part of his nationwide tour to strengthen the party.

Amit Shah has been an MLA from Naranpura constituency in Ahmedabad.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel today filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat.

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Apart from Shah and Irani, Balwantsinh Rajput, who recently shifted to BJP from the Congress party, also filed his nomination for the polls.

The BJP has had a rough time in the Rajya Sabha since it has not had a majority.

Out of the 9 retiring members, four are from the Trinamool Congress, two from the Congress, two from the BJP and one from the CPI-M.

As many as 9 Rajya Sabha members will see their term ending in August. Rajput, the former chief whip of the Gujarat Congress, who resigned as MLA on Thursday and joined the BJP with two others MLAs, also filled his nomination against Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to all-India Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The BJP's decision to induct Shah to Rajya Sabha has also come close to the much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle and changes in the party organisation.

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