PANAJI: The Election Commission of India announced that elections for 10 Rajya Sabha seats will take place on July 24 in the states of Goa, Gujarat, and West Bengal.
One seat from Goa will also go to the polls as the term of the BJP MP, Vinay D. Tendulkar, ends on July 28. Six seats from West Bengal will go to polls as the term of Trinamool Congress MPs Derek O’Brien, Dola Sen, Sushmita Dev, Shanta Chhetri and Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya ends on August 18.
The Election Commission has laid out the schedule for these elections. The official notification will be issued on July 6, marking the beginning of the nomination process.
Prospective candidates will have until July 13 to file their nominations, and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures will be July 17. Polling for the Rajya Sabha seats and counting of votes will take place on July 24.
In addition to the aforementioned elections, the Election Commission has also announced the same schedule for a bye-election for a vacant seat in West Bengal.
The seat became available after Trinamool Congress MP Luizinho Joaquim Faleiro resigned on April 11. Faleiro’s term was originally scheduled to last until April 2, 2026.