Elections for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states will take place today and with a contest in seven states, political parties are in a last minute scramble to ensure they get their numbers right.
- Out of 57 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant, voting will take place for only 27 seats today as 30 candidates were declared elected unopposed at the end of withdrawal of nominations on June 3
- Uttar Pradesh, the BJP's support to an independent candidate has turned the election for 11 seats into a contest. Congress candidate Kapil Sibal, who is now looking to Mayawati's BSP and Ajit Singh's RLD for help.
- Uttar Pradesh, the BJP's support to an independent candidate has turned the election for 11 seats into a contest. Most impacted is the Congress' one candidate Kapil Sibal, who is now looking to Mayawati's BSP and Ajit Singh's RLD for help.
- Jharkhand, where two seats are up for grabs, the BJP has fielded a candidate called Mahesh Poddar as a third candidate to make things difficult for the Congress-backed Jharkhand Mukti Morcha candidate
- Uttarakhand, Congress Pradeep Tamta faces a contest from two independents.
- Karnataka, where the Election Commission has refused to cancel the Rajya Sabha polls at the behest of the Janata Dal Secular
- Haryana, the Congress has no direct stake but is in a quandary. Of two seats, the BJP will win one and there is a contest between a BJP-backed Independent and an INLD backed one for the second
- BJP will increase its tally in the Upper House where it has had trouble with pushing legislation
- Prominent among them are Union Ministers – Suresh Prabhu and Piyush Goyal, eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharati and former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav.
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