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EC Gearing up for Rajya Sabha, Council Elections

With the fate of 435 candidates from the State sealed in electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission is gearing up to fill four vacancies in the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka and 11 seats in the State Legislative Council.

Published: 22nd April 2014 09:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2014 09:17 AM   |  A+A-

With the fate of 435 candidates from the State sealed in electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission is gearing up to fill four vacancies in the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka and 11 seats in the State Legislative Council.

The elections are scheduled to be held in June this year.

Four Rajya Sabha members, including former external affairs minister S M Krishna and former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Rama Jois, will complete their terms on June 25. The other members who are due to retire are Prabhakar Kore (BJP) and B K Hariprasad (Congress).

With its current strength of 122 in the 225-member Karnataka Assembly, the ruling Congress can bag two seats and the Opposition, by its strength of 46 members, can retain one. There is likely to be a keen contest for the remaining one seat.

The Election Commission is also likely to issue notification to fill seats in the Legislative Council - seven from the Legislative Assembly and two each from Graduates and Teachers constituencies. The term of the 11 members will end on June 30.

The members who are set to complete their term in the Council are opposition leader D V Sadananda Gowda, Bharathi Shetty, Siddaraju (BJP), K V Narayana Swamy, M C Nanaiah (JDS), M V Rajasekharan (Cong), Dr A H Shivayogi Swamy (BJP) and Puttanna (JDS).

Two members - Shashil G Namoshi (Teachers constituency) and Mohan A Limgikai (Graduates Constituency) - had resigned from the Council and unsuccessfully contested the 2013 Assembly elections.



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