New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday called on Union ministers Sarbananda Sonowal and L. Murugan as his candidate for the Rajya Sabha by-elections from Assam and Madhya Pradesh respectively.
Inducted into the Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in July, the two leaders will have to become members of parliament within six months.
Sonowal, who is the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Minister of AYUSH, thanked Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah among others for nominating him as a candidate from Assam for the Rajya Sabha bypoll.
“I would like to thank PM Modi, BJP President JP Nadda, HM Amit Shah, senior leader BL Santosh and others for giving me this opportunity. I will work for the country with full devotion and honesty in the days to come.
Murugan, currently serving as Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was earlier the head of the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP.
Sonowal and Murugan are almost certain to become Rajya Sabha members as the BJP has a majority in both the state assemblies.
A Rajya Sabha seat in Assam fell vacant due to the resignation of Biswajit Daimary, who became the Speaker of the Assembly.
In Madhya Pradesh, a Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant following the resignation of the then Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, who has been made the Governor of Karnataka.