Guwahati, March 18: Noted singer and the member secretary of the State Level Advisory Committee (SLAC) for Student and Youth Welfare as well as the spokesman of the Assam State BJP, Pabitra Margherita’s name has been approved by the party’s central committee as candidate for one of the two Rajya Sabha seats in Assam for March 31 election.
The Rajya Sabha elections will be held in Assam to fill up two seats that will fall vacant after the terms of Congress MPs, Ranee Narah and Ripun Bora, come to an end on April 2, 2022.
On the other hand, the BJP central committee also approved the names of S Phangnon Konyak and Manik Saha to contest the Rajya Sabha seats in Nagaland and Tripura respectively.
Elections to four Rajya Sabha seats in three Northeastern states – Assam (two seats), Tripura (one seat) and Nagaland (one seat) – will be held on March 31, 2022, the Election Commission of India announced earlier this month.
Scrutiny of nominations will take place on March 22, 2022. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures has been scheduled on March 24, 2022.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Ripun Bora is also set to apply for candidature for one Rajya Sabha seat in Assam.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Bora said, “I am not a candidate as of now but only an applicant (aspirant) for the candidature to one of the Rajya Sabha seats.”
Bora met Assam CLP leader Debabrata Saikia at the latter’s residence today to convey ‘Holi greetings’.