PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry
BJP unit made its intentions clear on Friday and declared that the party would field its candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat under the National Democratic Alliance in the Union territory. The party went a step further and urged its alliance partner All India NR Congress (AINRC) to extend support to the party’s candidate for the polls.
The term of Rajya Sabha MP N Gokulakrishnan
(AIADMK) expires on October 6. Nomination for the lone RS seat, which commenced on September 15, will close on September 22 and polls, if necessitated, will be held on October 4.
The Puducherry unit of the saffron party convened its legislators’ meeting on Friday in which the party ministers, elected and nominated members and independent MLAs, who extended their support to the party, participated and deliberated on the Rajya Sabha seat. The meeting resolved to field the party’s candidate under NDA and urge AINRC founder leader and chief minister N Rangasamy
, who also leads the NDA in Puducherry, to extend support to the party’s candidate.
The local BJP
leaders were, however, tight-lipped on the party’s candidate. Speculations are rife that former Tamil Nadu
BJP president L Murugan, who lost the 2021 assembly polls to DMK's N Kayalvizhi in Dharapuram but was inducted as the Union minister of state for information and broadcasting was likely to be the party’s candidate for RS seat in Puducherry. “The BJP party with maximum representation in the assembly has decided to field its candidate under NDA. We have six elected members and three nominated members,” said BJP legislature party leader and home minister A Namassivayam, adding that the three independent members too backed the party. The Puducherry assembly has 30 elected and three nominated members.
Moreover, three independent MLAs have pledged their support to the BJP.