Hyderabad: Elections and counting for 55 Rajya Sabha seats across the country will be held on March 26. The seats to the Upper House will fall vacant in April due to retirement of incumbent members, according to a notification issued by the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls are expected to throw up new 'political equations' in Andhra Pradesh, while they hold no significance in Telagana State.
The term of two Telangana members, KVP Ramachandra Rao and Garikapati Mohan Rao are also expiring on April 9 while four will retire in Andhra Pradesh, including Mohammad Ali Khan, T Subbarami Reddy, Thota Seetharama Lakshmi, and K Keshava Rao.
Interestingly, the ruling parties in both the states will make a clean sweep by bagging all the Rajya Sabha considering that ruling YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh and ruling TRS in Telangana enjoy brute majority in respective Legislative Assemblies. Opposition parties have no scope even to field their candidates, let alone winning a seat.
As per the schedule, the date of poll and counting is on March 26. Polling will take place from 9 am to 4 pm and counting will begin at 5 pm on the same day. Notification for the election will be issued on March 6 and the last date of filing nominations is on March 13. Scrutiny will be on March 16.