By-elections to six Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha, Gujarat and Bihar will be held on July 5, the Election
Commission (EC) announced on Saturday. The counting of votes would be done the same day.
Notifications for the polls would be issued on June 18, while the last date for nominations is June 25.
Three seats from Odisha are currently vacant in the upper house, while the number of Rajya Sabha
vacancies from Gujarat and Bihar, are two and one, respectively.
The seats in Gujarat fell vacant after BJP leaders Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to the Lok Sabha in May.
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad’s election to the lower house from Patna Sahib in Bihar has resulted in the solitary Rajya Sabha vacancy from the State.
While BJD leader Achutananda Samanta from Odisha got elected to the Lok Sabha, his party colleague Pratap Keshari Deb won the State Assembly polls.
Bypoll will also be held for the seat vacated by Soumya Ranjan Patnaik from Odisha, who resigned earlier this month after being elected to the State Assembly.