The small and sulking Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), led by former Bihar chief minister and Dalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, is raring to extract its pound of flesh when Rajya Sabha polls in the state are round the corner.
Bypolls for Araria Lok Sabha seat and the Assembly seats of Jehanabad and Bhabhua are scheduled for March 11.
"I want that NDA announces at least one HAM leader among its candidates for the six Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar".
The Election Commission of India on Friday released the schedule for the biennial polls to be held for 58 Rajya Sabha seats, which will fell vacant in April-May.
The three Upper House seats that will fall vacant in April here include that of Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Narendra Budania of Congress and Bhupendra Yadav of BJP. Another senior leader, Mukul Roy, had resigned from the Rajya Sabha after defecting to BJP. The ruling party's floor managers in the Upper House claim that the NDA will get a majority in the 245-member House if members of "friendly parties" like the AIADMK, TRS, BJD and YSR are also added to the ruling alliance tally.
With this, while the Congress-led opposition's numbers will come down to around 115 from the present 123, the numbers of the BJP, its allies and sympathisers together would climb to around 109 from the present 100-odd members.
The notification will be issued on 5th of March and if necessary, polling will take place on 23rd of next month. The nominations filed will be scrutinised on March 13, 2018 and last date for the withdrawal of candidature is March 15, 2018.
Political analysts feel that while the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls would be advantageous for the BJP, they would also be symbolic in view of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and assembly elections in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh later this year, since there would be a direct contest between the BJP and Congress.
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