"BJP president Amit Shah has decided that M J Akbar will be the party's candidate for the Jharkhand Rajya Sabha by-poll," a party statement said.

The by-election to the council of states from Jharkhand has been necessitated following the resignation of Kanwar Deep Singh.

The by-poll will be held on July 2, the last date of filing of nomination for which is June 22 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is June 25.

The by-poll results will be out on July 2 and the tenure of the elected member will be up to July 7, 2016.

A former journalist and editor, Akbar has been associated with various publications. He has also authored several non-fiction books. Akbar joined BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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