With 13 candidates, including nine from the BJP, filing their candidacy papers for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, the stage is set for their unopposed election.
The other four candidates are from the Samajwadi Party (SP).
Review of nominations will take place on Friday and the last day to withdraw nominations is June 13, after which an official announcement will be made, returning officer BB Dubey told PTI.
Among those who filed their papers are Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and former minister Swami Prasad Maurya who left the BJP just before the assembly elections and joined the SP.
Other BJP candidates who filed on Thursday are Chaudhary Bhupendra Singh, Dayashankar Mishra Dayalu, JPS Rathore, Jaswant Saini, Dane Azad Ansari, Banwari Lal Dohre and Mukesh Sharma.
Another candidate, Narendra Kashyap, was down due to health issues and Satish Sharma filed the candidacy on his behalf, Dubey said.
Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and Swatnatra Party Chairman Dev Singh among others were present during the nominations.
The terms of Keshav Prasad Maurya and Panchayati Minister Raj Chaudhary Bhupendra Singh as members of the Legislative Council will end on July 6.
Minister of State for Cooperation JPS Rathore, Minister of State for Underprivileged Welfare Narendra Kashyap, Minister of State for Ayush Dayashankar Mishra Dayalu, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Industrial Development Jaswant Saini and Danish Minister of State for Minority Welfare Azad Ansari are not members of either chamber.
Mukesh Sharma is a senior BJP official.
SP candidates — Swami Prasad Maurya, Jasmir Ansari who joined the party after leaving Congress, Mukul Yadav, son of former MP Sobaran Singh Yadav who left his Karhal seat for Akhilesh Yadav in the polls of the SP assembly, and Sahnawaz Khan who is said to be close to Azam Khan – had filed their candidacies on Wednesday in the presence of party leader Akhilesh Yadav.
Keshav Prasad Maurya had contested the 2022 assembly polls from Sirathu assembly headquarters in Kaushambi but lost to Pallavi Patel of the Samajwadi party.
Swami Prasad Maurya had also challenged recent Assembly polls from the Fazilnagar seat but was beaten.