NEW DELHI (TIP): The BJP’s big win in Assam will not immediately benefit the party in increasing its tally in the Rajya Sabha as there will not be any vacancy in the Upper House from the state until June, 2019. But, the AIADMK with its impressive show in Tamil Nadu would be able to increase its number by gaining one additional seat in the council of states after its biennial election next month.
Similarly, the assembly election results of West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry will not impact the position of any political party in the Rajya Sabha in near future as there will not be any vacancy in the Upper House from these three states this year.
West Bengal will report six vacancies in August next year while Kerala will report three vacancies in July, 2018. Puducherry’s lone Rajya Sabha seat will be vacant in October, 2021.
However, the NDA will for the first time cross the overall tally of the UPA with the BJP and its ally TDP together possibly getting seven additional seats in the June 11 biennial election.