Voting For 2 Rajya Sabha Seats In Punjab On June 10, 2 Seats In Haryana Falls Vacant On Aug 1

With the term of two members of the Rajya Sabha elected from the State of Punjab –  Ambika Soni and Balwinder Singh, is going to expire on July 4, 2022, Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the schedule for biennial Elections to the Council of States from the State of Punjab. 

The polling for two seats of Rajya Sabha in Punjab is going to take place on June 10.

Punjab Chief Electoral Officer Dr S Karuna Raju on Thursday said according to the schedule, the issue of the notification is on May 24 and Last date of making Nominations would be May 31, while scrutiny of nominations would be done on June 1. The last date of withdrawal of candidature has been fixed on June 3. He said that the date for polling has been fixed on June 10 from 9AM to 4PM, whereas the counting will also be held on the same day at 5PM. The election shall be completed before June 13, he added.

Back on March 24, 2022, the AAP for the first time got a chance to elect 5 Rajya Sabha MPs from Punjab as it won the assembly elections with a thumping majority of 92 assembly seats. The AAP had nominated party leader Raghav Chadha, election strategist Sandeep Pathak, cricketer Harbhajan Singh, Lovely Professional University Chancellor Ashok Mittal and industrialist Sanjeev Arora for the Rajya Sabha. Now with the ending of tenure of two Rajya Sabha MPs – Ambika Soni from the Congress Party and Balwinder Singh from Shiromani Akali Dal, the voting for both the seats will be held on June 10. 

As the Akali Dal-BSP alliance has only 4 MLAs this time, it won’t be able to either nominate a new one or re-elect Mr Balwinder Singh, while the Congress Party has 18 MLAs, so it’s believed that it can nominate one Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab.

On the other hand, Haryana will also be having the Rajya Sabha elections. Two of the five Upper House seats from Haryana will fall vacant on August 1 with media baron Subhash Chandra, who was elected with the BJP’s support, and Delhi-based BJP leader Dushyant Gautam completing their terms. Going by the numbers in the state assembly, the BJP will wrest one seat, while the other will be picked by the Congress.

Former Union minister Kumari Selja, who made way for Udai Bhan, a loyalist of two-time chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, by stepping down as Haryana Congress president recently, is likely to be accommodated in the Rajya Sabha from the Congress Party.

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