The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that biennial elections of 55 members of Rajya Sabha from 17 states, retiring in April 2020, will be held on March 26. The counting of votes will also take place the same day.
The 17 states include Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
JUST IN: EC announces elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats across 17 states. Date of poll and counting: March 26. @IndianExpress
Here’s the list of retiring Rajya Sabha members: pic.twitter.com/OhvUeBqbYD
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While notification for the biennial elections will be issued on March 6, March 13 is the last date of filing nominations.
Prominent among those retiring are NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Union minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-Athawale), Congress veteran Motilal Vora and former union minister Vijay Goel (BJP).
In Gujarat, the terms of the four seats expire on April 9. While the ruling BJP currently holds three of the four seats, one of them is held by Congress. The three BJP MPs whose term will end include Chunibhai Gohel from Junagadh, Shambhuprasad Tundiya from Ahmedabad and Lalsinh Vadodia from Anand. Madhusudan Mistry is the Congress MP who will retire on April 9.
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