The upper house will get 3 new members from Assam and Tripura states as the election commission is holding elections for 3 Rajya Sabha seats today.
Out of the three seats the state of Assam has 2 seats and Tripura has one.
The contestants in the fray are Ripun Bora and Ranee Narah of the Congress and Mahavir Prasad Jain as an Independent candidate.
Bora is Congress’ first preference candidate while Narah the second for the March 21 polls. The candidates had filed their nomination papers on March 11.
The vacancy in these three seats was created following the scheduled retirement of two Congress members, Naznin Faruque and Pankaj Bora on April 2.
The Congress currently has 69 MLAs in the 126-member Assam Assembly with nine of its former members, who joined the BJP last year.
Last month, Election Commission had announced biennial election to 13 seats for Rajya Sabha. Term of seven of the 12 outgoing members will end on April 2 and five others members on April 9.
Of the 12, two members represent Assam, one represent Himachal Pradesh, three from Kerala, and one from Tripura and five from Punjab. One seat had fallen vacant in Nagaland in November following death of K Zhimomi.
Of the five seats in Punjab, the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal have retained two seats each while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has retained its lone seat. In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress has gained a seat as the outgoing
member Bimla Kashyap Sood was from the BJP, while the Nagaland People’s Front-led alliance candidate has been elected unopposed in Nagaland.
In Kerala, a seat each has gone to the Congress, the Janata Dal-United and the Communist Party of India-Marxist.
The BJP has 48 members in the upper house while the Congress has 66. A total of 74 Rajya Sabha members will be retiring in 2016.