Guwahati: Congress leader Ripun Bora has been proclaimed as the party's candidate from Assam for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. Ripun Bora had previously held the post of President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee from 2016 to 2021.
An official said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi approved the name of Ripun Bora as the party's candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections.
The former Education Minister of Assam, who is 66 years old, is now currently serving his full term in the Rajya Sabha. He assumed office in April 3, 2016 and his term will conclude on April 2.
Earlier, Ripun Bora, along with some other MP's, was suspended from Parliament for "unruly behaviour" during the debate on farm laws in the house.
13 Rajya Sabha seats will be filled across six states and the elections will be conducted by the Election Commission of India on March 31.
Five members from Punjab will retire on April 9, while members from Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland and Tripura will retire on April 2.
Meanwhile, the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) who is in alliance with the BJP, nominated Rwngwra Narzary for the next Rajya Sabha elections on March 19.
Narzary will lock horns against Ripun Bora for the second seat. The BJP led National Democratic Alliance or the NDA has already secured one Rajya Sabha seat from the state.
Rwngwra Narzary is the president of UPPL and he also happens to be the chairman of the Kajalgaon Municipal Board. Narzary was also the former president of the ABSU (All Bodoland Students Union) and is known to have played a crucial role in the signing of the 'Third Bodo Peace Accord'.
The NDA will need two votes to bag the second Rajya Sabha seat from Assam. The alliance led by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is optimistic of winning the second seat.
The saffron party had announced Pabitra Margherita as their candidate for one Rajya Sabha seat on March 18.