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Elections for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha to be held tomorrow: Will BJP have a cakewalk?

Prime News, National (New Delhi), March 22:- The elections for 58 crucial seats in Rajya Sabha will be held on March 23. The elections are being held to fill the vacancies arising out of the retirement of 58 members of the upper house next month.

This time, the elections will be held to elect members from 16 states. Rajya Sabha has a total of 245 seats and any party or political bloc needs at least 126 seats for a majority in the Upper House.

The Narendra Modi-led BJP, which is in power at the Centre, currently has 58 members – four more than the Congress.

The ruling party is expected to improve its tally as it rules 11 of the 16 states where Rajya Sabha elections will be held on Friday.

Elected representatives of state legislatures will vote in elections to the Upper House.

Members of state assemblies elect Rajya Sabha members by a process of indirect voting in what is called proportional representation with a single transferable vote.

Each voter ranks his preference, and if the first candidate on the list has enough votes to win or no chance of winning, the vote is transferred to the next choice and so on.

Rajya Sabha members are elected for a six-year term. One-third of the members of the upper house of parliament retire after every two years. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

 

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