Elections to 55 Rajya Saba seats to be held on 26 March, announces EC; 13 March set as last date for filing nominations

  • Elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant in April will be held on 26 March, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday

  • Fifty-one of these 55 seats from 17 states are falling vacant on different dates in April due to retirement of sitting members, while four other seats are already vacant due to resignation of member

  • Prominent among those retiring are Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh, Union minister Ramdas Athawale,former union ministers Vijay Goel (BJP) and Kumari Selja (Cong), and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh.

New Delhi: Elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant in April will be held on 26 March, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.

Fifty-one of these 55 seats from 17 states are falling vacant on different dates in April due to retirement of sitting members, while four other seats are already vacant due to resignation of members. The terms of the members who had resigned in the recent past were also ending in April.

 Elections to 55 Rajya Saba seats to be held on 26 March, announces EC; 13 March set as last date for filing nominations

File image of the Rajya Sabha. Reuters

While notification for the biennial elections will be issued on 6 March, 13 March is the last date of filing nominations. Counting will be held on the evening of 26 March, an hour after the conclusion of polls.

Prominent among those retiring are Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh (JD-U), Union minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-Athawale), Congress veteran Motilal Vora, former union ministers Vijay Goel (BJP) and Kumari Selja (Cong), and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh.

While seven vacancies are from Maharashtra, six are from Tamil Nadu, followed by five from West Bengal and Bihar, four each from Odisha, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, three each from Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two each from Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Jharkhand, one each from Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress are expected to win most of the seats in the elections but the two will also see their strength diminished marginally. The Trinamool Congress and the YSR Congress Party are expected to make significant gains in the 245-member Upper House after the 26 March elections.

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Updated Date: Feb 25, 2020 16:46:31 IST