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Elections to 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Guj, Bengal, MP on Aug 8

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Commission today announced that elections to 10 seats in three states will be held on August 8.

The announcement comes as the terms of several prominent faces in the upper house, including Union minister Smriti Irani, CPM general secretary and leader Derek O'Brien, are ending on August 18.

While the terms of nine members from and are ending on August 18, bypoll to the upper house seat from will also be held following the demise of union environment minister Anil Dave (BJP) on May 18. Dave's term was to end on June 29, 2022.

The biennial poll and the bypoll will take place on August 8, an EC statement said.

On May 17, the to nine seats from and were originally announced for June 8. But on May 22, the EC had postponed the poll saying it would clash with the July 17 presidential and the electronic voting machine challenge on June 3.

Out of the 9 retiring members, four are from Congress, two from the Congress, two from the and one from the CPI-M.

The retirement of Ahmed Patel (Cong), Dilipbhai Pandya (BJP) and Irani (BJP) -- all from -- is due on August 18.

The tenure of members from -- Derek O'Brien (TMC), Debabrata Bandhopadhyay (TMC), Pradip Bhattacharya (Cong), (CPM), Sukhenduhakhar Roy (TMC) and Dola Sen (TMC) ends on August 18.

Since the presidential poll is on July 17 and vice presidential election on August 5, these members will be able to cast their ballot in the election as their retirement is due after that.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 17:33 IST