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SP rolls red carpet for Cong’s RS nominee

Nine time Congress MLA and senior most legislator in the Uttar Pradesh assembly Pramod Tiwari and Samajwadi Party candidate Kanaklata Singh were on Friday declared elected unopposed to two Rajya Sabha by-elections from Uttar Pradesh.

Returning Officer and principal secretary (assembly) Pradeep Kumar Dubey handed over the winning certificates to both the candidates in the presence of several senior leaders of both the Congress and the SP.

The announcement was made after the expiry of the last date of withdrawal of the nominations at 3 pm on Friday.

By not giving any candidature, the ruling Samajwadi Party, which could have won both the seats of the RS, have supported the Congress candidate Pramod Tiwari in one of the seat proving its unconditional support to the Congress.

SP candidate Kanaklata Singh, daughter of former Samajwadi leader Mohan Singh,was elected in the by-elections for the Upper House seat which fell vacant due to the death of her father Mohan Singh.

Later talking to reporters Tiwari said that he is born for Congress and will continue to serve the party till his  death. Tiwari was also congratulated by party supremo Sonia Gandhi for his win in the by-elections. ‘I am elated from a phone call by Gandhi,’ he said.

Assuring that he will fight for Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha and would continue to strengthen the Congress at the grassroot level in the state, the new RS member said that days are not far away when Congress will make the UPA-III government at the Centre and it will return to power in UP.

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