Delhi-Sikkim Rajya Sabha Election: The Election Commission on Friday (December 22) announced to hold elections on January 19 for three Rajya Sabha seats in Delhi and one in Sikkim. The six-year tenure of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha members Sanjay Singh, Sushil Kumar Gupta and Narayan Das Gupta ends on January 27 next year, while the tenure of Sikkim Democratic Front’s Hishe Lachungpa ends on February 23 next year.
Sanjay Singh is in judicial custody after being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case related to Delhi Excise Policy. He is suspended from Rajya Sabha since July 24 for indecent behavior in the House.
The Election Commission said in a statement that elections to fill the four vacancies will be held on January 19 (Friday). With the release of the notification, the nomination process will start on January 2 and January 9 will be the last date for filing nominations. As per established tradition, voting will take place from 9 am to 4 pm and counting of votes will begin at 5 pm.
The Commission said that National Capital Territory of Delhi has been allotted three seats in the Rajya Sabha. The Commission said that the three vacancies in the Rajya Sabha from Delhi are being filled by holding three separate elections in accordance with the relevant law, as each of these three vacancies falls under three different cycles, dating back to the initial constitution of the Rajya Sabha in 1952. were determined at the time.
The Commission said that the Commission’s decision to hold three separate elections was challenged by the Indian National Congress in 1994 in the Delhi High Court in the case of AK Walia v. Union of India and Others, which held that all the three vacancies Must be filled by holding a general election as Rajya Sabha elections are held under the proportional representation system. However, the Delhi High Court had rejected the petition.