As Javdekar is union minister his win is considered a surety; Rane was persuaded by BJP to accept the nomination after lots of efforts so his win is also considered to be a foregone conclusion and since Murlidharan is a senior party leader from Kerala and needed to be accommodated, his win is also considered to be a sure shot.
Meanwhile, Vijay Sankeshwar, owner of influential newspaper Vijayavani, who was also tipped to be BJP's Rajya Sabha candidate rejected initial reports that he was unhappy on being overlooked by the party.
In the 182-member assembly, BJP has 99 MLAs and Congress 77 and thus both Congress and the BJP can only send two candidates each to the Upper House.
Meanwhile, the BJP has reportedly chose to field Rajiv Chandrashekar, who hails from Kerla, as its candidate due to pressure from the RSS. The BJP fielded senior leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Vaghani to ensure the rejection of Rathwa's nomination. The choice of Rathwa shows the indecisiveness of Congress central leadership. He added that they were not ruling out the possibility of a Bengalurulike situation this time.
If reports are to be believed, the party has made a decision to replace Rathwa with Shukla at the instructions of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
Each candidate require 44 votes in the 225 member in the Assembly. "There was no question of fielding another candidate in my place", he said. In actuality, the person who had come on behalf of the BJP President, was asked to bring the proforma of nomination form, on the contrary, he purchased a nomination form, leading to all misunderstandings. Elections to the five Rajya Sabha seats has been necessitated as the terms of Kunal Ghosh, Bibek Gupta and Nadimul Haque of the Trinamool Congress and Tapan Sen of Communist Party of India-Marxist will end on April 2. "/ maintained that that the nomination of Congress leader Naranbhai Rathwa for the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat be declared null and void or quashed because of submission of "fake" documents and concealing other vital facts". Also everyone want to contest elections if given an opportunity, hence they are also contesting.
"We have informed the Election Commission about the irregularities in the nomination forms of Congress Rajya Sabha candidate Naran Rathwa and independent PK Valera", Mr Goyal later told reporters.