New Delhi: The biennial polls to 58 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on 23 March, the Election Commission announced recently. Following the election, BJP's strength in the Upper House is expected to rise.
Fifty-seven of the Rajya Sabha seats will be falling vacant in April while a by-poll to fill a seat from Kerala will also be held on the same day. MP Veerendra Kumar had resigned in December last year though his term was to end in April, 2022.
The elections will take place on 23 March and the counting of votes will be held the same evening, the commission said in a statement.
The members, whose terms are ending, include Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, JP Nadda, Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Ramdas Athawale.
In August 2017, the BJP had overtaken the Congress to become the largest political party in Rajya Sabha with 58 members against 57 of the main opposition party.
In Uttar Pradesh, where ten seats are up for grabs, the BJP would like to gain the most.
While nine members, including Jaya Bachchan (SP) and Pramod Tiwari (Congress) from Uttar Pradesh, are retiring on 2 April, one seat vacated by BSP supremo Mayawati last year, will also go for elections.
The states from where members are retiring are Uttar Pradesh (10), Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Rajasthan (three each), Bihar and Maharashtra (six each), West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (five each), Karnataka and Gujarat (four each), Jharkhand (two), and Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (one each).
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Updated Date: Feb 25, 2018 08:53:06 IST