Rajya Sabha bypolls to fill six vacancies from Tamil Nadu to be held on 18 July; DMK may back Manmohan Singh's candidature, claim reports

Biennial elections to fill six vacancies in the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu, will be held on 18 July, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.

Asian News International June 25, 2019 19:58:35 IST
Rajya Sabha bypolls to fill six vacancies from Tamil Nadu to be held on 18 July; DMK may back Manmohan Singh's candidature, claim reports
  • Biennial elections to fill six vacancies in Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu will be held on 18 July, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday

  • The elections are being held to fill the vacancies arising out of retirement of five members and the election of Kanimozhi to Lok Sabha in the recent election

  • There is speculation whether DMK would yield to Congress' request for backing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's candidature from one of the six vacancies

New Delhi: Biennial elections to fill six vacancies in Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu will be held on 18 July, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.

There is speculation whether DMK would yield to Congress' request for backing former prime minister Manmohan Singh's candidature from one of the six vacancies. Singh's 18-year-long tenure in the Upper House came to an end this month with Congress not in a position to get him re-elected from Assam.

Rajya Sabha bypolls to fill six vacancies from Tamil Nadu to be held on 18 July DMK may back Manmohan Singhs candidature claim reports

File image of the Election Commission of India. Courtesy: News18

The Congress has not said anything  on the issue officially, though media has reported that the party has contacted its ally DMK in this regard.

The elections are being held to fill the vacancies arising out of retirement of five members and the election of Kanimozhi to Lok Sabha in the recent election.

The members who are retiring on 27 July are T Rathinavel, V Maitreyan, KB Arjunan, R Lakshmanan (AIADMK) and D Raja (CPI).

Under the schedule announced by the Commission, notification for the elections will be issued on 1 July and the last date for filing nominations will be 8 July. Scrutiny of nominations will be done the next day. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is on 11 July.

Counting of votes will be done in July after the conclusion of the election.

In accordance with the strength of parties, especially the ruling AIADMK and main Opposition DMK, the two parties can get three of their candidates elected in the polls.

The press release said the Commission has directed that for the purpose of marking preference on the ballot paper only integrated violet colour sketch pen of pre-fixed specification, provided by the returning officer, shall be used.

No other pen shall, under any circumstances, be used in the election, it said.

Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election, it added.

 

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