Guwahati: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Asom Gana Parishad’s (AGP) Birendra Prasad Baishya were declared elected unopposed for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam on Friday. AGP is the regional ally of ruling BJP in the state.
Both the candidates were elected unopposed after the opposition Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) decided to stay away from the elections.
The returning officer in Dispur made the announcements after the last date to withdraw nomination papers ended on May 31.
The decision over candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam was taken at a meeting called by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi on May 26.
The 44-year-old Tasa, the former leader of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association, was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha seat from Jorhat constituency in state.
On the other hand, 63-year-old Baishya was a member of the 11th Lok Sabha from Mangaldai constituency and a former Union minister for steel and mines. In 2008, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state.
The two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam will fall vacant with the terms of Manmohan Singh and Santiuse Kujur coming to an end on June 14. The elections for the same were scheduled to be held on June 7.
Earlier, there were speculations that NDA partner Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party will be given a Rajya seat from the state as part of the deal with the BJP before the Lok Sabha polls.