BJD May Lose One Rajya Sabha Seat
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BJD May Lose One Rajya Sabha Seat

By calender  27-May-2019

BJD May Lose One Rajya Sabha Seat

The Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) plan to field as many as six Rajya Sabha members in the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha appeared to have had a boomerang effect on the party.
The party may lose one Rajya Sabha seat if the united opposition field a consensus candidate against the BJD nominee.
While the BJD has already ceded eight Lok Sabha seats out of 20 it had won in 2014, the loss of one Rajya Sabha member would hamper the bargaining power of the party before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre, which is still a minority in the Upper House.
Of the 10 Rajya Sabha seats, the BJD currently has nine and Congress one.
Out of the six Rajya Sabha MPs, four — Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Anubhav Mohanty, Pratap Dev and Achyuta Samanta — have won in the recently concluded polls. However, Prasanna Acharya and Sarojini Hembram lost.
With the victory of four candidates, Odisha will see a vacancy of four Rajya Sabha seats, elections for which is likely to be held by December.
As per the constitutional norms, elections to fill the vacant seats will be held within six months from the date of the vacancy.
With 112 members in the 147-member Assembly, the BJD could easily ensure a win for three candidates only. However, the party lacks the number to ensure the victory of a fourth candidate.


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