Rajya Sabha elections postponed over coronavirus lockdown

India Today, March  24, 2020

Election Commission of India (ECI) has deferred the Rajya Sabha elections that were scheduled for March 26. Looking at the coronavirus lockdown in Delhi and most other states, Election Commission has decided to postpone the Rajya Sabha elections.

The Rajya Sabha elections were scheduled to be held on March 26. Delhi has been put on complete lockdown till March 31.

Madhya Pradesh leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who recently shifted camps from Congress to BJP was given a Rajya Sabha nomination by the saffron party.

Election to fill up 55 seats in the Upper House of Parliament was to be held on March 26, but 37 candidates have already been elected without a contest.

The decision on holding the Rajya Sabha election for the remaining 18 seats will be taken based on the prevailing situation, reported PTI.

Coronavirus cases have crossed 500 in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday.

As cases of the viral infection surged, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.

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