New Delhi: Congress in Assam today moved the Election Commission demanding rescheduling of the March 21 Rajya Sabha elections as the date is clashing with nomination process of assembly polls in the state beginning next month.
In a memorandum submitted to the Commission, the state unit of Congress said March 21 is the last date of withdrawing nominations for the first phase of assembly elections on April 4 and the last date of filing of nominations for the second phase of polls on April 11.
Biennial elections to 13 Rajya Sabha seats in six states, including Assam and Kerala, will be held on March 21. Twelve of the 13 seats are falling vacant in April. In Assam, both the seats falling vacant belong to Congress.
Rajya Sabha members are elected by the elected members of the Legislative Assembly in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote.
The party said since MLAs would be busy with electioneering and nomination process, they would find it difficult to reach Dispur to cast their votes for the Rajya Sabha polls. It said difficult terrains would make it problematic for MLAs to reach Dispur in the middle of assembly poll process.