NEW DELHI, May 20 - The bid to nominate Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan to the Rajya Sabha from Assam has apparently run into trouble, with the State BJP expressing its reluctance to support his candidature.
A senior State BJP leader told The Assam Tribune that the party�s central leadership has so far not taken up the issue with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. There is no word on nominating Paswan from Assam and the State unit of the party has not been informed so far, sources said.
The BJP�s central leadership is waiting for the Lok Sabha election results to be announced on May 23, and after evaluating the scenario, a final decision is likely to be taken. The LJP, an NDA ally, is contesting from six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar though Paswan has opted out. The last date of filing of nominations for the Rajya Sabha seats is May 28, according to the notification issued by the Election Commission.
Sources said that the State BJP is not in favour of nominating an outsider from Assam. In 2014, the BJP had opposed the nomination of Sanjay Singh by the Congress from Assam and had jointly put up a candidate.
The sources said that current Lok Sabha members Rajen Gohain, Ramen Deka and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, and the Chief Minister�s legal adviser Santanu Bharali are among the likely candidates. The issue of giving one Rajya Sabha seat to the AGP is, however, yet to be cleared with the central BJP leaders, said sources.