New Delhi, Jul 2: After the DMK denying a Rajya Sabha seat to Dr Manmohan Singh, the Congress is considering sending the former Prime Minister to the Upper House from Rajasthan.
According to sources, the Congress is eyeing the lone seat from Rajasthan, where the demise of state BJP president Madan Lal Saini had necessitated the bypoll. The Congress is confident of winning the seat in Rajasthan, where it came to power in the last assembly polls held in December.
If Dr Singh is elected, he will be a member of Upper House till April 2024, when Madan Lal Saini's tenure would have ended. Earlier reports indicated that DMK had agreed to offer a seat to Congress, however, the Tamil Nadu ally backtracked, and on Tuesday named candidates for three Rajya Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu.
The DMK, which contested the recently held Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the Congress, assigned one seat to state ally MDMK's Vaiko aka V Gopalaswamy. Manmohan Singh was earlier elected from Assam, however, the Congress does not have enough legislators to re-nominate him from the state.
Earlier, the Congress had tried to nominate Dr Singh from Gujarat, where two Rajya Sabha seats became vacant after BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani were elected to Lok Sabha. However, after the Election Commission decided to conduct Rajya Sabha polls separately, the BJP get a fair chance to win both seats. The Congress had approached Supreme Court for simultaneous polls in both the seats, however, the plea was rejected. UNI