Election Commission announces poll for 58 Rajya Sabha seats; BJP to benefit
The Central Election Commission announced that polling for 58 Rajya Sabha seats will take place on March 23 of this year.
The seats are set to fall vacant in April.
With barely a year left for the next general election, the changed Rajya Sabha numbers would have more of an impact in the first couple of years of the next Lok Sabha.
It is expected that the results would increase the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tally in the Rajya Sabha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been calling for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls.
The BJP currently has 58 members in the Rajya Sabha.
It could add at least 15 seats to this tally in the March 23 elections.
Most of its gains will come from Uttar Pradesh.
The number of seats falling vacant are – Andhra Pradesh 3, Bihar 6, Chhattisgarh 1, Gujarat 4, Haryana 1, Himachal 1, Karnataka 4, Madhya Pradesh 5, Maharashtra 6, Telangana 3, Uttar Pradesh 10, Uttarakhand 1, West Bengal 5, Odisha 3, Rajasthan 3 and Jharkhand 2. >