In the upcoming year, the political landscape in India is poised for a significant shift as 68 Rajya Sabha members, nine of whom are Union ministers, face retirement, intensifying the race for coveted six-year terms in the Upper House of Parliament. The electoral battleground has already been set with contests declared for three seats in Delhi and one in Sikkim.
- April Showdown: In April, a total of 57 leaders, a prominent among them being former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several incumbent ministers, will complete their tenures.
- Regional Dynamics: Uttar Pradesh will witness the highest number of vacancies, with 10 seats up for grabs, followed by Maharashtra and Bihar with six each. Other states in the fray include Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Odisha, Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh.
- Party Strategies: Both the Congress and the BJP are strategically eyeing seats in various states, such as Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana, aiming to bolster their representation in the Upper House.
- Nominated Members’ Farewell: The retirements also extend to nominated members, with prominent figures like Sonal Mansingh and Rakesh Sinha of the BJP set to bid adieu in July.
Important Questions Related to Exams
- How many Rajya Sabha members, including Union ministers, are slated to retire in 2024?
- Which states will witness the highest number of Rajya Sabha vacancies, and how many seats are up for grabs in each?
- In which states are the Congress and BJP strategically competing for Rajya Sabha seats, and what is the significance of these states in the upcoming elections?
Please provide your answers in the comment section!!