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Election to lone RS seat from Goa on June 8

18 May 2017 05:33am IST
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18 May 2017 05:33am IST

PANJIM: The biennial elections to elect the lone Rajya Sabha member from Goa will be held on June 8. With the announcement of the election, the ruling BJP and opposition Congress are gearing up to select and field candidates.

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PANJIM: The biennial elections to elect the lone Rajya Sabha member from Goa will be held on June 8. With the announcement of the election, the ruling BJP and opposition Congress are gearing up to select and field candidates. 

The term of office of current Rajya Sabha member, Shantaram Naik of the Congress, is due to expire on July 28. The term of a Rajya Sabha member is of six years, while one-third of the members retire every two years. 

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday issued directions to the Chief Electoral office (CEO) to hold the biennial elections to the Council of States on June 8. Counting will take place on the same day.

BJP, which is currently in power in Goa, as well as at the Centre, will make all efforts to win the seat. The party will consult its coalition partners in the government – MGP, Goa Forward and Independents, before deciding on its candidate. “We have to consult over coalition partners before finalising the candidate. It has to be a united decision,” BJP President Vinay Tendulkar told Herald.

On the other hand, Congress, which has been holding on to the Rajya Sabha seat for decades, will try to retain it. “We will field a winnable and acceptable candidate. We want a candidate, who would be acceptable to non-Congress MLAs also,” All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodankar said.

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