Rajya Sabha elections in Delhi on Jan 16

Election Commission
Election Commission of India

New Delhi, Dec 22: The Election Commission on Friday announced that  Rajya Sabha polls to three seats from Delhi besides one seat each from Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh, slated to take place on January 16.

The notification regarding the polls will be issued on December 29 and the last date of making nominations is January 5, 2018. The nominations would be scrutinised the next day and the candidates can withdraw their names by January 8, news agency IANS reported.

The polling will be held on January 16 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, and the counting of votes will be done the same day, the EC stated.

The Sikkim seat would fall vacant as Hishey Lachungpa is due to retire on February 23 next year, while a seat from Uttar Pradesh fell vacant after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar resigned from the BJP-led central government and the Upper House in September on returning to Goa as Chief Minister.

The term of the three members from Delhi — Karan Singh, Janardan Dwivedi and Parvez Hashmi — are due to end on January 27, 2018.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), having a majority in the Delhi assembly, holds sway over the three seats. However, the party has not named its candidates yet.

According to the party sources, AAP is looking outside its fold for candidates and is keen to project eminent persons from fields such as law, social work, and economics as its candidates.

The party had reportedly also approached former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan but he refused the offer.


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