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Election for three Rajya Sabha seats in state on March 23

The EC also announced bypoll to a Rajya Sabha seat from Kerala The EC also announced bypoll to a Rajya Sabha seat from Kerala
Jay Anderson | 26 February, 2018, 09:40

The small and sulking Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), led by former Bihar chief minister and Dalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, is raring to extract its pound of flesh when Rajya Sabha polls in the state are round the corner.

The by-polls for the Araria Lok Sabha seat, and the Jehanabad and Bhabua Assembly seats are scheduled to be held on March 11. BJP's gain in the Rajya Sabha will be very handy for National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the ruling party at the centre will come closer to the United Province Alliance (UPA) numbers.

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday announced elections to 58 Rajya Sabha seats due to retirements and another seat on a casual vacancy, to be held on 23 March.




The three Upper House seats that will fall vacant in April here include that of Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Narendra Budania of Congress and Bhupendra Yadav of BJP. West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh will see a contest for five seats each. Another senior leader, Mukul Roy, had resigned from the Rajya Sabha after defecting to BJP.

Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous State, accounts for 10 MPs including Samajwadi Party's Kiranmoi Nandha, Darshan Singh, Naresh Aggarwal and Jaya Bachchan (wife of Amitabh Bachchan), BJP's Vinay Katiyar, Congress' Pramod Tiwari. With only seven members in the UP Assembly, Congress stands no chance to manage a seat without support. It is fact that BJP and its allies are in power in a lot of states and hence, its slow dominance in Rajya Sabha is on expected lines.

The leader, requesting anonymity, added that it was too early to discuss the issue of fielding common opposition candidates in some seats. The elections to the seats falling vacant between April 2 and 3, if required, will be held on March 23, with March 12 being the last day for filing nominations. "It will be relatively easier for BJP to collaborate with other political parties and it may sober the opposition parties", said N. Bhaskara Rao, a New Delhi-based political analyst.

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