Election Commission announces date for election to 6 Rajya Sabha Seats of Tamil Nadu

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced the biennial elections to 6 Rajya Sabha Seat of Tamil Nadu. The election will be held on July 18 to fill the vacancies arises due to the retirement of 5 Rajya Sabha MPs while one vacancy was created due to the election of DMK’s Kanimozhi 17th Lok Sabha.

As per the schedule issued by the poll body, the election will be notified on July 1 and the last date to file nominations is July 8. The election for 6 seats of the Upper House will be held on July 18.

Four Members from AIADMK – T Rathinavel, V Maitreyan, KB Arjunan, R Lakshmanan and D Raja of CPI – is retiring thus creating a vacancy on 5 Rajya Sabha Seats. While DMK’s Patriarch M Kanimozhi’s election to the 17th Lok Sabha created one vacancy.

M Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK Patriarch Karunanidhi, elected from Thoothukudi Parliamentary Seat in Tamil Nadu. She defeated Bharatiya Janata Party Candidate with over 3.47 Lakh votes.

The press release issued by the Poll Commission directed that only integrated violet color sketch pen of pre-fixed specification, provided by the returning officer, shall be used for for the purpose of marking preference on the ballot paper.

The EC further said that it has appointed observers to ensure a free and fair election and for close monitoring of the election process.

As per the current strength of parties in Assembly, especially the ruling AIADMK main Opposition DMK, the two parties can get elected three of their candidates in the elections.

If speculations to be believed, DMK would support Congress requesting of nominating Former President Manmohan Singh from one of the seats. Singh’s 18-year-long tenure in the Upper House came to an end this month with Congress not in a position to get him reelected from Assam

Despite its humiliating performance in all over India, Congress along with MK’s Stalin DMK swept Tamil Nadu in the recently held elections.

DMK who led the Secular Progressive Alliance of which Congress, communist parties, Vaiko’s MDMK and Dalit outfit VCK were a part, had won 38 of the 39 Parliamentary seats that went to polls in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

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