The last day for filing nominations is March 12.
Elections to elect 58 members to the Rajya Sabha from 16 States will be held on March 23.
As 58 MPs, including three Nominated and one Independent, are set to retire in April, the Rajya Sabha math is going to change. Pollsters claim the current party-position in UP assembly, where the BJP holds over 2/3rd majority, with allows the saffron party to replace maximum among the incumbent lawmakers. His term was due to expire only in April 2022.
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He said that under ECP rules and regulations, there was no room for changing the affiliation of a candidate. The postponement of elections was not considered viable for the democratic process in the country.
Accordingly, the Election Commission of India had chose to hold the Biennial Elections to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) from the above mentioned states including Chhattisgarh.
While 10 seats from Uttar Pradesh will be vacated, Maharashtra and Bihar will witness elections for six seats each. Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will see a contest for one seat each. "The gains in Rajya Sabha would definitely provide the much-needed respite for the BJP because we would now have more numerical strength against the Congress and other opposition parties in the Upper House, which would help us put forward our point emphatically", said a senior BJP leader, who is also a member of Rajya Sabha. In Rajasthan, the BJP could bag all three seats (against now one it holds) and in Maharashtra together with ally Shiv Sena it hopes to corner six seats (against the two they have). At least ten members have to be elected from the Hindi heartland of Uttar Pradesh. Five seats each are from Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal followed by 4 seats each from Gujarat and assembly poll-bound Karnataka.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, JP Nadda, Thaawarchand Gehlot and Ramdas Athawale, all Union Ministers, have their term ending too. Recently, Akhilesh Yadav had called for opposition unity for the bypolls to two Lok Sabha seats to take on the BJP, but the Congress put up its candidates to decline the offer and BSP showed no inclination either.