Rajya Sabha Election 2022: Congress can get 11 seats in next month’s Rajya Sabha elections and many leaders including P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh are in the race for them. If the Congress gets 11 seats, then the number of its members in the Upper House will be 33, which is 29 at present.
Sources say that many senior leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Rajeev Shukla are hopeful for the Rajya Sabha.
The tenure of these leaders is ending
The term of Rajya Sabha of Chidambaram (Maharashtra), Ramesh (Karnataka), Ambika Soni (Punjab), Vivek Tankha (Madhya Pradesh), Pradeep Tamta (Uttarakhand), Kapil Sibal (Uttar Pradesh) and Chhaya Verma (Chhattisgarh) is coming to an end.
Sibal on Wednesday also filed his nomination from Uttar Pradesh as an independent candidate for the Rajya Sabha with the support of the Samajwadi Party. He says that he had resigned from the Congress on 16 May.
How many seats from which states?
According to the current math, Congress can get three seats from Rajasthan, two from Chhattisgarh, one seat each from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. If the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu and JMM in Jharkhand gives one seat each, then the Congress can get two more seats.
Sources say that Chidambaram is hoping to reach the Rajya Sabha from his home state Tamil Nadu. He has also met DMK leader and Chief Minister MK Stalin. However, it is also discussed that Rahul Gandhi’s team is pushing Congress’s head of data analysis department Praveen Chakraborty to be sent to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu.
If Ramesh’s candidature from Karnataka is approved, then this will be his fourth term in the Rajya Sabha. By the way, Surjewala is also being seen as a candidate for Rajya Sabha from Karnataka.