Results awaited for election to 27 Rajya Sabha seats

The voting was held from 9 am to 4 pm and results are expected after 5 pm today itself.

Updated: Jun 11, 2016, 16:13 PM IST
Results awaited for election to 27 Rajya Sabha seats

New Delhi: Biennial elections for 27 Rajya Sabha seats in seven states were held on Saturday.

The voting was held from 9 am to 4 pm and results are expected after 5 pm today itself.

Already, 30 candidates from eight states have been elected unopposed to the Upper House.

On Saturday, voting for the remaining 27 seats was held in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.

While voting was held in Uttar Pradesh for 11 seats, four seats each in Rajasthan and Karnataka, three in Madhya Pradesh, two each in Haryana and Jharkhand, and one in Uttarakhand also went to vote.

Despite BJP's efforts to win extra seats in these polls, the Congress will continue to remain the single-largest party in the 245-member Upper House.

The biennial elections were necessitated as 55 members from 15 states are retiring between June and August. One seat each from Rajasthan and Karnataka have also been vacated -- by Anand Sharma (Congress) and Vijay Mallya (Independent), respectively -- and will also go to polls.

Thirty candidates from various political parties were already declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from their eight respective states in the absence of more contenders.

(With IANS inputs)