Former PM Manmohan Singh files Rajya Sabha nomination from Rajasthan

Hindustan Times

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh filed his nomination for the August 26 bypoll to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Tuesday.

The seat fell vacant after the death in June this year of Madan Lal Saini of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also a former state party president. Rajasthan has 10 Rajya Sabha seats, so far all held by the BJP.

After filing his nomination, the 87-year-old leader thanked the Congress for nominating him. 'I am very grateful to the Congress party, chief minister Ashok Gehlot, deputy CM Sachin Pilot and other members of the House who have nominated me.

Same time I recognise that there are sad circumstances in which the vacancy has come. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the Saini family,' he told reporters.

Singh also expressed gratitude to the people of Rajasthan for giving him the privilege to serve them. He said he would do his 'very best in the interests of the people of the state and do whatever is possible to promote the cause of people of Rajasthan.'

Singh, 86, was accompanied by Gehlot, Pilot, AICC general secretary in charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande and secretary Vivek Bansal, as well as state ministers and MLAs. His nomination was backed by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and majority of the independents.

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