Three vacancies in RS
Three vacant Rajya Sabha seats (possibly a fourth); and at least three claimants (or not). Smriti Irani, Amit Shah and
Ravishankar Prasad have all won Lok Sabha elections and have already given up their Rajya Sabha membership. The fourth is
Birender Singh who is supposed to have promised the BJP leadership that he would resign his seat if his son Brijendra Singh,
contesting the Lok Sabha seat from Haryana (Hissar) won. The question is: whom will the BJP nominate to these seats. LK
Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and the latest margdarshak, Sushma Swaraj? Or some new, upcoming leaders? Swaraj has already begun making preparations to move out of her official residence. Where she will move is not known.
The problem is, it is now a package deal. The leadership cannot deny Advani and Joshi and give a seat to Swaraj. As it is, the
party’s treatment of Advani has evoked many snide remarks from Rahul Gandhi.