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Election Commission postpones Rajya Sabha polls in Goa, Gujarat and West Bengal

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Updated: 07:31 GMT, May 23, 2017 | Published: 05:56 GMT, May 23, 2017 |
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Rajya Sabha elections in Goa, Gujarat and West Bengal have been postponed by the Election Commission, an official statement said on Monday without giving any reason for the move. The poll was earlier scheduled to take place on 8 June.

An official statement from the poll panel on Monday withdrew an earlier statement announcing the election dates

An Election Commission statement said the schedule for holding the Rajya Sabha elections in the three states will be announced in due course.

The polls were necessitated as 10 members of Parliament from the three states are due to retire within the next three months. Prominent among them are Union textiles minister Smriti Irani (Gujarat), veteran Congress leader Ahmad Patel (also from Gujarat), Shantaram Naik (another Congress leader who represents Goa in the Upper House), CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury (West Bengal) and Derek O’Brien of Trinamul Congress, who also represents West Bengal in the Upper House.

Out of the 10 MPs who are retiring, six are from West Bengal, three are from Gujarat and one from Goa. While Mr Naik’s term ends on July 28, the remaining nine MPs will retire on August 18.