• Rajya Sabha Elections 2022: 13 Seats Across 6 States To Go For Polls On March 31

    The biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha will be held in March and June.

    As Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved a grand victory in the recent state polls, hopes have risen amongst its supporters that it could lead to the strengthening of the party in the Rajya Sabha. The biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha will be held in March and June.

    On March 31, 13 seats will go to polls, Assam (2), Himachal (1), Kerala (3), Nagaland (1), Tripura (1), and Punjab (5). The BJP now has 97 members in the House of 245 members while as many as 75 members in the Rajya Sabha are up for retirement this year. Also, eight seats are vacant, including four from Jammu and Kashmir.

    Assam: From the north-eastern state, BJP nominated Pabitra Margherita and its partner United People's Party – Liberal’s (UPPL) member Rwngwra Narzary. While Congress’s nominated Ripun Bora from its party. On April 2, Ranee Narah and Ripun Bora's Rajya Sabha seats will become vacant.

    Kerala: The Congress has nominated its women's wing president Jebi Mather, while the ruling LDF has nominated CPI(M) state committee member A A Rahim and CPI politician P Santhosh Kumar. 

    The tenure of three MPs, AK Antony, M V Shreyams Kumar, and Somaprasad K are slated to expire next month. As the LDF has 99 seats in the 140-person Assembly, it is expected that it will gain both seats, while Congress will retain its lone seat.

    Tripura: The BJP has nominated its state president Manik Saha for the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat, on the other hand, Left Front has named senior CPI(M) veteran Bhanu Lal Saha. The BJP is expected to win the lone Rajya Sabha seat as it has 40 of 60 seats in its possession. Jharna Das Baidya, the current Member of Parliament, will step down on April 2.

    Punjab: AAP nominated its Punjab in-charge Raghav Chadha, Sandeep Pathak, Ashok Mittal, former cricketer Harbhajan Singh, and Sanjeev Arora as its five Rajya Sabha nominees. AAP won 92 of the 117 seats in the Punjab polls. All five were elected without opposition, bringing the AAP's Rajya Sabha strength to 10 - 

    Himachal Pradesh: The BJP's Rajya Sabha nominee from the state is - former Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) vice-chancellor Prof Sikander Kumar. He was elected unchallenged because Congress did not file a candidate.

    Nagaland: It is the country’s lone opposition-free state. S Phangnon Konyak was elected unopposed becoming the state's first female legislator in the Upper House. She is the state BJP women’s branch president and was the only candidate for the polls. Nagaland MP, KG Kenye of the Naga People's Front, will step down on April.

    It may be mentioned that the Rajya Sabha, which is the upper house of Parliament, is not subject to dissolution. A third of Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from each State retire once in two years and polls are held to fill up the vacancies.

    Only elected members of the State Legislative Assemblies can vote in a Rajya Sabha election. A Rajya Sabha MP is elected for a period of six years by means of the single transferable vote, i.e electors can vote for any number of candidates in order of their preference.
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