The Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] on Friday night named 12 candidates, including cash-for-vote scam accused Faggan Singh Kulaste and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley [ Images ] for election to the upper house of Parliament.
Party general secretaries Ravi Shankar Prasad, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Dharmendra [ Images ] Pradhan are among the candidates nominated by the BJP.
Kulaste, an accused in the cash-for-vote scam who was among the three lawmakers who had waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha during the 2008 trust vote, has been fielded from Madhya Pradesh [ Images ] along with Najma Heptullah, Kaptan Singh Solanki and Thawar Chand Gehlot.
Party Vice President Vinay Katiyar, associated with the Ram Janambhoomi movement and former BJP Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] unit president, gets another term from the state.
Jaitley will contest for another term on a BJP ticket from Gujarat while Nadda has been given the ticket from Himachal Pradesh [ Images ]. Prasad and Pradhan will get his fourth term in the Rajya Sabha from Bihar.
While these 12 names have been announced on Friday after a meeting of the party central election committee, Gadkari has been authorised to decide on the remaining six vacancies.