Gandhinagar: On Monday, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar submitted his nomination papers in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls. Following the filing of his nomination, Dr. Jaishankar expressed his gratitude towards Prime Minister Modi, the BJP leadership, the people of Gujarat, and the state’s MLAs. He acknowledged the opportunity he received four years ago to represent Gujarat in the Rajya Sabha and be a part of the transformative changes taking place under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. Dr. Jaishankar expressed his commitment to contributing to the progress that lies ahead in the next four years.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the schedule for the Rajya Sabha elections across 10 seats in Goa, Gujarat, and West Bengal, which will take place on July 24. In July and August, ten members from these states are set to retire. The EC has set July 13 as the deadline for filing nominations, and the vote count will occur on July 24.
Gujarat will witness elections for three Rajya Sabha seats as Dineshchandra Jemalbhai Anavadiya, Lokhandwala Jugalsinh Mathurji, and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Krishnaswamy are due to retire on August 18, according to a previous official statement. Jaishankar was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in 2019 and was later inducted into the Union Cabinet. In the Gujarat Assembly polls held last year, the BJP secured 156 seats, while the Congress had its weakest performance in the state’s history, managing to secure only 17 seats. Out of the 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, the BJP currently holds eight. The terms of S. Jaishankar, Jugalji Thakor, and Dinesh Anavadiya will conclude on August 18, and polls will be conducted for these three seats. The last date for filing nominations is July 13, and the deadline for withdrawals is July 17, with polling taking place on July 24.