This year 17 Congress seats are getting vacant, but it is difficult to get even ten seats. In fact, most of the vacant seats of the Congress are other parties and BJP-ruled states.
Despite the Congress coming back to power in some states, its position will be weak in the biennial Rajya Sabha elections to be held this year.
Returns of members retiring from Uttarakhand, Odisha, UP, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh are unlikely. The Congress hopes to get additional seats from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan.
Congress Can Loose These Seats
Rajya Sabha MP PL Poonia from UP will retire in November. There are nine INC MLAs in the state, so this seat will have to be lost. The term of Raj Babbar from Uttarakhand is also being completed.
Here also the INC will not get a seat. Himachal and Odisha will also lose seats. Returning to a single seat is not possible without the support of JDS among the two members retiring from Karnataka.
Congress-ruled states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan will get two seats each, while in Jharkhand, the INC can claim one of the two seats vacant.
Leaders like Motilal Vora, Digvijay Singh, BK Hariprasad, Raj Babbar, Rajiv Gowda, Madhusudan Mistry, PL Poonia, Kumari Selja will try to make a comeback. While leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia, KC Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, Pramod Tiwari, Rajiv Shukla, Randeep Surjewala are in line to reach Rajya Sabha from INC ruled states.
Possibility to get the chances in Rajasthan
In Rajasthan, three seats will be vacant simultaneously in April. So far, the three Rajya Sabha seats belong to the BJP. The INC may get two seats, while there will be a tussle between BJP and INC for the third.So they will try not to miss this opportunity and preparing to fight here for that one seat.