THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former BJP state president V. Muraleedharan, who is set to become a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra, is likely to be made a minister of state in the Modi cabinet, it is learnt. He submitted his nomination papers before Maharashtra Legislative Assembly deputy secretary Vilas Athawale in Mumbai on Monday. Mr Muraleedharan, who is also a national executive member, was accompanied by his wife Dr. K. S. Jayashree, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Education Minister Vinod Tawde, state BJP president Raosaheb Patil Danve and Maharashtra Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat. BJP sources told DC that Mr Muraleedharan will be offered a berth in the union cabinet which will be reshuffled soon.
The term of 58 members of the Upper House elected from 16 states is due to expire in April-May. The elections will be held on March 23. Meanwhile the ruling BJP in Maharashtra is set to increase its tally in the Rajya Sabha and also in the state Legislative Council, given its improved strength in the 288-member Legislative Assembly. At present, the opposition Congress and the NCP hold two seats each, while the Shiv Sena and the BJP have apiece each of these six seats of the Upper House of Parliament. The BJP, with its tally of 122 in the Assembly, is poised to get three Rajya Sabha seats now, while the Sena, the Congress and the NCP will get one each.