Rajya Sabha 58 Seats Elections Schedule Dates Out

EC notifies schedule for elections to 58 RS seats in 16 states

The last date for the withdrawal of candidature will be March 15.

The March 23 elections to 58 Rajya Sabha seats, including 10 from Uttar Pradesh, six from Maharashtra, five from Madhya Pradesh and three from Rajasthan, give hope to the BJP that it may together with "friendly parties" will reach a position to push key Bills in Parliament without being on the absolute mercy of the Congress-led Opposition.

Reacting to the BSP chief's resignation, Lalu Yadav had said, "Today would be remembered as a black day in the history when a highly respected Dalit leader was not allowed to raise the voice of poor in the Rajya Sabha". Terms of Union Ministers like Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, JP Nadda, Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Ramdas Athawale are also ending this March-April.

Besides these, the Election Commission has also announced by-poll for the Kerala Rajya Sabha seat vacated by MP Veerendra Kumar.

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to increase its strength in the Rajya Sabha as one-fourth of the 245 seats in the Upper House are scheduled for polls next month.

"I want that NDA announces at least one HAM leader among its candidates for the six Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar".

Electoral wins of the NDA in the last four years are now set to be reflected in the Upper House as the BJP is likely to gain seats from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Jharkhand-states it rules.

The BJP's increasing strength will give confidence to the party to easily pass key legislations like insurance bill, Triple Talaq bill, which is now delayed and blocked by the opposition parties in the lower house. West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh will see a contest for five seats each. Both polling and counting of votes will take place on 23 March. Three seats each are also vacant from Telangana, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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