Khanna, who is incharge of party affairs in Jammu and Kashmir and is also party's central election officer was not given a renomination. His term comes to an end on April 9.

The decision to nominate Malik was taken at a meeting of the Central Election Committee here. "The party's Central Election Committee has decided to nominate former Amritsar mayor Shwet Malik as BJP's nominee for the Rajya Sabha polls from Punjab," State BJP president Kamal Sharma told reporters.

He said Malik would file his nominations tomorrow in Chandigarh. Tomorrow is the last date for filing of nominations for the Rajya Sabha election, if any, that is scheduled to be held on March 21.

Different names were doing the rounds in the party including that of cricketer turned politician and former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Of the five Rajya Sabha seats that are falling vacant on April 9 with the retirement of some members, two each are from the Akali Dal and Congress and one from BJP.

Latest News from India News Desk