There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April, including 17 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 12 from the Congress party. In case the court does not allow the seven JD (S) MLAs to vote, it would be hard for CM Siddaramaiah to ensure the victory of the third Congress candidate.
Considering the BJP's strength in the current Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, the ruling party can easily guarantee the win of its eight candidates in the polls to the Upper House of Parliament.
In the UP Assembly, the BJP and its allies now have 324 seats (BJP's Noorpur MLA died recently in a road accident). The party is also eyeing 7 MLAs of the Congress through Naresh Agarwal.
The BSP has 19 MLAs in the 403-member UP Assembly.
"In Rajya Sabha, we will definitely raise our voice for the larger interest of Odisha", said Nanda after getting elected unopposed.
For the six RS seats falling vacant, there are four candidates from BJP and one each from Congress, National Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena. Valera has made a decision to contest as an independent for the elections due on March 23.
Former Rajya Sabha member Dhiraj Prasad Sahu was nominated as Congress candidate from Jharkhand.
Gandhi had reportedly telephoned Shukla and asked him to file his nomination papers today.
"BJP offered me the opportunity to serve Karnataka and Bengaluru in the Rajya Sabha", he added.
Apprehending that nomination papers of its tribal candidate Naranbhai Rathwa may be declared invalid due to lack of proper documents, the Congress had asked retired bureaucrat and Dalit leader P K Valera to file his nomination as an independent nominee.
What role Naresh Agarwal plays in this exercise remains to be seen.