Elections For 19 RS seats begins
Elections for 19 Rajya Sabha seats spread across eight states in India begin today. Four each are from Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, three each are in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two in Jharkhand, and one each in Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya.
The polls were originally scheduled to take place on March 26 but India's Election Commission announced its postponement on March 24th.
The voting is scheduled to start at 9 am on June 19. The Election Commission announced that the counting of votes will be held on the evening of Friday itself.
The Election Commission (EC) has made extensive arrangements for the voting keeping in mind the corona virus pandemic. Every voter (MLA) will be screened for body temperature and will have use mask and adhere to social distancing norms. Legislators having a fever or showing other symptoms will be kept in a separate waiting room.
Against the backdrop of resort politics being played by political parties to prevent horse-trading, the elections in Rajasthan and Gujarat are expected to be interesting. Many MLAs had been lodged in resorts to prevent them from poaching by rival factions.
In the 175-member Assembly of Andhra Pradesh YSR Congress with a strength of 151, can win all four seats. The election to Rajya Sabha is taking for the first time in the state. TDP can not win a single seat as it has just 20 MLAs. Deputy Chief Minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, realtor A Ayodhya Rami Reddy and Reliance Industries Senior Group president Parimal Nathwaniare have been fielded by YSR Congress. The TDP has fielded Varla Ramaiah, its politburo member.