GUWAHATI: Union Minister and former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls from Assam at the Legislative Assembly today in Dispur.
Minister Sonowal was accompanied by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, ministers Atul Bora, BTR Chief Pramod Boro and many others.
Sarbananda Sonowal was nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday for the Rajya Sabha by-election scheduled for October 4.
The incumbent Union minister for ports, shipping, and waterways, will be the nominee for the Assam seat that has become vacant.
"Submitted my nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls, at Assam Legislative Assembly. I am grateful to CM Shri , President Shri , President Shri , BTR CEM Shri & all others who accompanied me today,"Sonowal tweeted after submitting his nomination.
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CM Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter and wrote, "We've immensely gained from vision & leadership of Union Min Sri . I accompanied him in filing his nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat. He is a unanimous candidate of BJP, AGP and UPPL and many esteemed leaders joined Sonowal Dangoriya today."
In Assam, a by-election was called after BJP member Biswajit Daimary resigned from the Upper House.
Daimary has been elected as the Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly.
After the resignations of members from Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh, five of the six Rajya Sabha seats became vacant.
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