The by-elections to the two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on March 1. The by-elections were necessitated after the seats fell vacant following the demise of Congress’ Ahmed Patel and BJP’s Abhay Bharadwaj.
Ahmed Patel passed away on November 25 while Abhay Bhardwaj died on December 1. Both succumbed to COVID.
The Rajya Sabha terms of Patel and Bhardwaj were to end in August 2023 and June 2026, respectively.
The Rajya Sabha bypolls will also be held for one seat in Assam which fell vacant after the lone Bodo People”s Front MP Biswajit Daimary resigned from the upper house in November last year. His term was to end in April 2026.
The notification for the bypolls will be issued on February 11 and the election would be held on March 1.
The counting of votes will take place on March 1 evening.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed the state to ensure that COVID norms are followed during the Rajya Sabha elections.
It has also appointed the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat as an observer for the elections.
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