EC announces elections to 55 RS seats in 13 states

Elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats, including the ones held by Union Ministers Ambika Soni and Jairam Ramesh, will be held in June, the poll authority announced today.

Updated: May 07, 2010, 00:51 AM IST

New Delhi: Elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats,
including the ones held by Union Ministers Ambika Soni and
Jairam Ramesh, will be held in June, the poll authority
announced today.

While voting for 49 seats of 12 states will take place on
June 17, polling for six seats from Andhra Pradesh will be
held on June 14.

Election will also be held for the remaining term of a
seat from Rajasthan which fell vacant due to the death of
Krishan Lal Balmiki. His term was up to April 3, 2012.

The elections will be held for 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh,
six each in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, five in Bihar, four
each in Karnataka and Rajasthan, three each in Orissa and
Madhya Pradesh, two each in Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Jharkhand
and one in Uttarakhand.

While notification for the election in Andhra Pradesh
will be issued on May 28, last date of filing of nominations
will be June four. The elections will be held on June 14 and
counting of votes will take place on the same day.

For elections in the 12 states, notification will be
issued on May 31, the last date for filing nominations is June
seven.

While candidates can withdraw their nomination by June
10, elections will be held on June 17 and votes will be
counted on the same day.

Among the prominent retiring members are S Anbalagan
(AIADMK), Arun Shourie, Venkaiah Naidu and Anil Dave (all
BJP), Oscar Fernandes, B K Hariprasad, Mohsina Kidwai, EMS
Natchiappan (all Congress), Anbumani Ramadoss (PMK), Jaya
Bachchan (SP), Rahul Bajaj (Ind), George Fernandes (JDU),
Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena), Pyarimohan Mahapatra (BJD), S C
Mishra (BSP), Tariq Anwar (NCP).

-PTI