Rajya Sabha polls for Gujarat, Goa, Bengal postponed over presidential election
The Election Commission of India deferred Rajya Sabha elections to 10 seats in Goa, Gujarat and West Bengal that were scheduled for June 8, but did not give a date.
The decision has been taken because these polls would have clashed with presidential polls and EVM challenge which is scheduled to start from June 3.
An Election Commission statement on Monday said its earlier announcement of biennial elections for 10 Rajya Sabha seats from these states on June 8 has since been withdrawn and that a new schedule will be announced in "due course".
Rajya Sabha members whose terms are coming to an end in July and August this year include Shantaram Naik from Goa; Ahmed Patel and Smriti Irani from Gujarat; and Sitaram Yechury, Derek O'Brien and Sukhendu Shekhar Roy from West Bengal.
The EC has also written to CEOs of 5 states where elections were concluded recently on the EVM hackathon planned next month.
The presidential elections will be held in July when President Mukherjee's term ends. The vice president will be elected in August.