Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

BJP set to be stronger in Rajya Sabha

BJP set to be stronger in Rajya Sabha

The Election Commission of India has announced that it would conduct polling on 23rd March at respective State capitals to fill up existing vacancies and elect 58 new Rajya Sabha MPs across 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.

March 12 is the last date for filing of nominations, and March 15, the last date for their withdrawal.

Of the six seats, one of rebel JD (U) leader Ali Anwar is already vacant while five other RS members from Bihar, including two union ministers, are going to retire on April 2.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, JP Nadda, Thaawarchand Gehlot and Ramdas Athawale, all Union Ministers, have their term ending too.

Members of the state legislative assembly elect the Rajya Sabha members through the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote.

With barely a year left in the life of the current Lok Sabha, the changed Rajya Sabha numbers would have more of an impact in the first couple of years of the next Lok Sabha. Currently, there are 58 members against 57 of the Congress. Even after winning two seats, the RJD would have nine surplus votes, which the party may like to transfer to its ally the Congress. They will have 10, 19, and seven votes respectively to enable a joint opposition candidate to win, otherwise the tenth seat will see second preferential voting, which will give an edge to the BJP. It is likely to win eight out of ten Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh, while the Samajwadi Party may get only one.

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