Polls to 56 Rajya Sabha seats up next in Feb end, INDIA has some good news: no further slide likely

The Indian Express, January 30, 2024

BJP’s recent Assembly election wins are unlikely to change composition much in Upper House where NDA has 109 members, INDIA 89; biggest loser to be BRS

The BJP’s decisive Assembly election victories in three Hindi heartland states in December and the change in political equations in Bihar on Sunday notwithstanding, the composition of the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is still short of the halfway mark, may not change significantly after the biennial elections next month.

The Election Commission on Monday announced that elections to 56 Rajya Sabha seats from 15 states, which are falling vacant in April, will be held on February 27. While 50 members retire on April 2, six will retire the following day. Of the 238 members of the Upper House at present, 109 are from NDA parties while 89 belong to parties in the INDIA alliance.

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