Bhubaneswar: Election Commission of India (ECI) today announced the date for holding elections to 58 seats in the Rajya Sabha from 16 States including Odisha which are due to expire on their retirement in April-May 2018.
Fifty-eight Rajya Sabha seats will be falling empty in April while a by-poll for a seat from Kerala will also be conducted on the same day as M P Veerendra Kumar had resigned in December past year, though his term was to conclude in April 2022.
Both polling and counting of votes will take place on 23 March.
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Among those Rajya Sabha MPs whose terms are drawing towards conclusion, 9 represent the state of Uttar Pradesh.
March 12 is the last date for filing of nominations, and March 15, the last date for their withdrawal.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, JP Nadda, Thaawarchand Gehlot and Ramdas Athawale, all Union Ministers, have their term ending too.
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The issue of notification for the polls will take place on March 5. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of retiring members, at 10, followed by Maharashtra and Bihar (6), Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal (5), Gujarat and Karnataka (4), Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Rajasthan (3), Jharkhand (2), and Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (1).
At present, though the BJP is the single largest party in the House with 58 members, four more than the Congress (54), the entire Opposition put together has greater numerical strength, which is why it calls the shots.
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