UP : BJP leader Dinesh Sharma elected ‘unopposed’ to Rajya Sabha

Lucknow, Sep 8 (UNI) Former Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and BJP leader Dr Dinesh Sharma was on Friday declared elected ‘unopposed’ to the Rajya Sabha from the state as no other candidate had filed the nomination for the September 15 byelection.

Sharma received the certificate from the returning officer in the presence of Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak, Jal Shakti Mantri Swatanrtra Dev Singh, former minister Mahendra Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) state vice-president Vijay Bahadur Pathak at Vidhan Bhawan.

He was elected unopposed after the withdrawal of the nomination papers today.

After being elected to the Rajya Sabha, Sharma thanked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP state president Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary and the party workers.

It may be noted that the by-election was necessitated following the demise of BJP’s sitting Rajya Sabha MP Hardwar Dubey.

The former MP, who took oath as a Rajya Sabha member in November 2020, died on June 24 after a prolonged illness.

Sharma was the Deputy CM of the state during the first term of the Yogi government. Before this, he served as the Mayor of Lucknow twice between 2006 and 2017. Apart from this, he had also been the National Vice President of the party and also in-charge of Gujarat.

It may be mentioned that the Election Commission issued the notification for the by-election on August 29.

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