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Lobbying for Rajya Sabha seats to gather pace

Arjun Singh, HR Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan and Sushma Swaraj are among those set to retire.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 11:13 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

With over 58 Rajya Sabha members set to retire soon, lobbying for the seats is expected to gather pace.

Fresh elections for the House are scheduled for March 28.

A maximum of ten seats in Uttar Pradesh, six each in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra, five each in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four each in Gujarat and Karnataka, three each in Orissa and Rajasthan, two in Jharkhand and one each in Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal would fall vacant next month.

Union Ministers Arjun Singh, HR Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj areamong those set to retire soon.

Arjun Singh is expected to be re-nominated from BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh where opposition Congress could bring only one member to the House.

Bhardwaj is making attempts to shift to Congress-governed Haryana where there are already some contenders.

Union Minister Praful Patel is expected to be re-nominated by ruling NCP in Maharashtra while former Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde would be one of the two Congress nominees from the state.

Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, whose term is also ending, is keen on a re-entry through the nomination category amid reports that RJD supremo and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is backing his case.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 11:13 IST