The Election Commission on Tuesday announced regarding the polling and counting of 55 Rajya Sabha seats that will be vacant following the retirement of the members will take place on March 26, 2020.
This election will almost fill one-fifth of the upper house and thus is extremely crucial for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which continues to be in minority in the Rajya Sabha.
These seats from 17 states are falling vacant on different dates in April due to the retirement of members. According to the schedule for the elections, the notification would be issued on March 6, the last date of filing of nominations would be March 13 and polling would be on March 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The votes would be counted at 5 p.m. on the same day.
While seven vacancies are from Maharashtra, six are from Tamil Nadu, followed by five from West Bengal and Bihar, four each from Odisha, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, three each from Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two each from Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Jharkhand, one each from Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya.
Prominent among those retiring are NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Union minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-Athawale), Congress veteran Motilal Vora and former union minister Vijay Goel (BJP).