new Delhi: This year elections will have to be held for 73 seats of Rajya Sabha, as the term of 69 members of Rajya Sabha will end by the end of the year. Those whose tenure ends this year include 18 BJP members and 17 Congress members. Apart from this, four seats are already vacant. In such a situation, elections will be held for 73 seats of the Upper House this year.
This year alone 10 seats are getting vacant from UP. There is a BJP government in the state, so most seats will go to the BJP's account. The Samajwadi Party will be the biggest loser here. The results of the recently held assembly elections will have a clear impact on the Rajya Sabha elections.
The arithmetic of the state assemblies is going against the BJP this time. It is clear from the data that the BJP will not be able to increase the number of its members, due to which it will stay away from majority in Rajya Sabha. While the number of members of Congress and its allies will increase.
Significantly, in 2018 and 2019, the BJP has suffered defeat in some states, which will directly affect the biennial election results of Rajya Sabha. On the other hand, the position of the Congress and its allies will improve in the 245-member Rajya Sabha. At present, the BJP has 83 members in the Rajya Sabha and the Congress 46 members. According to the equation, the BJP's strength in the Rajya Sabha will remain around 83 and its hope of majority in the house will not be fulfilled at the moment.
The term of many veterans from Rajya Sabha is ending this year. These include Union Minister Hardeep Puri, Ramdas Athawale, Delhi BJP leader Vijay Goel. The term of Congress Digvijay Singh and NCP President Sharad Pawar is also ending this year.