Jaipur : Former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh filed for Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan on Tuesday in the state capital of Jaipur.
Manmohan Singh reached Jaipur city on Tuesday to file his nominations. Being a Congress majority in the state of Rajasthan, the Congress is confident of the former PM making it to the parliament from Rajasthan.
The party, with support of its 100 MLAs, 12 independents and six MLAs of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, has the numbers to get Dr Singh through to the Rajya Sabha.
The BJP has not declared a candidate for the seat so far. The party has 73 MLAs in the 200 member Rajasthan assembly.
The by-election to the Rajya Sabha seat is being held after it fell vacant following the death of BJP chief Madan Lal Saini.
Dr. Singh who was prime minister for 10 years until his Congress-led UPA government was defeated by the BJP in 2004, was a Rajya Sabha member from Assam. But the Congress no longer has enough lawmakers to re-nominate him from the northeastern state. His term ended in June.