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Manmohan Singh files RS nomination papers from Rajasthan

Prime News, National, Jaipur, August 13:- Former prime minister Manmohan Singh filed nomination papers for the by-poll to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Tuesday.

Singh filed four sets of nomination papers in the chamber of returning officer in Rajasthan Assembly.

He expressed gratitude to the Congress party for nominating him and expressed condolence for BJP’s Madan Lal Saini, following whose death the seat got vacant in June.

Singh said that he will do whatever is possible to promote the cause of the people of the state.

“I am very grateful to the Congress party and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and all members of the Congress party for nominating me to this vacant seat in the council of states,” he told reporters after filing the nomination.

Saying that he recognised there were circumstances in which the vacancy was created, he conveyed his condolence to Saini’s family.

“I express gratefulness to the people of Rajasthan and the Congress party for giving me this privilege for serving the people of Rajasthan in the council of states. I will do my very best to do whatever is possible to promote the cause of the people of Rajasthan, he added.

Singh, 86, was accompanied by Gehlot, Pilot, AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal, chief whip Mahesh Joshi, state Health Minister Raghu Sharma at the time of the nomination.

The Congress has the majority in the state Assembly and Singh, thus, is likely to win the by-poll. Rajasthan Assembly has 200 seats but two seats are vacant. Congress has 100 MLAs and its alliance partner Rastriya Lok Dal has one seat, Bharatiya Janata Party has 72, Bahujan Samaj Party 6, Bharatiya Tribal Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party have 2 seats each, 13 are independents. The ruling Congress in the state also enjoys the outside support of 12 of the 13 independents and BSP legislators.

Singh, the veteran Congress leader, was a member of the upper house from Assam for almost three decades. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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