There will be as many as 53 farewell speeches in Rajya Sabha on Friday several heavyweights retire from the Upper House after completing their term.
This will considerably impact the number game in Rajya Sabha, where the ruling BJP has been in minority and, therefore, has struggled to pass many legislations because of the opposition from Congress.
Among those leaving the Rajya Sabha are five ministers in Modi’s cabinet. They include Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitaraman, YS Choudhry and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Some of them may comeback, others may not return at all.
According to an NDTV report, Congress, right now the biggest party in the house with 65 seats in the 245-member Upper House, will be the biggest loser as the party had fared badly in the recent assembly elections.
16 members from are retiring and the Congress will struggle in getting them re-elected as its strength in state assemblies up and down the country has significantly diminished over the last year and a half.
The BJP may gain some seats, but not enough to smoothly push important legislation in the Rajya Sabha, whose members are elected by state legislatures.
Among other parties, Samajwadi Party’s strength is likely to go up while BSP may lose its House power.
Naidu, who holds Parliamentary Affairs Ministry among others, is likely to be re-elected from Karnataka where a vacancy has been created after Vijay Mallya’s resignation.
As reported by Times of India, Naidu can even come from his home state Andhra Pradesh provided BJP seeks help of ruling Telugu Desam Party. In AP, TDP is likely to get three seats while YSR Congress will get one.
In case Naidu comes from AP, Sitharaman, whose two-year term from AP is getting over, will have to be elected from some other state. Naqvi is likely to make it from UP and Choudhry, a TDP member, from AP. Goel will make a come back from Maharashtra.
As for Congress, Jairam Ramesh, who currently represents AP, is likely to make it from Karnataka since the party is in power there.
P Chidambaram is also an aspirant from Karnataka, but several senior leaders like Hanumantha Rao and JD Seelam may not be so lucky.
For Congress, Sushil Shinde, Gurudas Kamat and Mukul Wasnik are aspiring for the lone seat from Maharashtra. Former defence minister AK Antony’s return will depend on the outcome of Kerala assembly election.
Samajwadi Party may gain its strength in the Upper House as there may be many new entrants from Uttar Pradesh, where the party is in power.
Out of six retiring members of BSP, only two will make a comeback.
Five JDU MPs are retiring from Bihar, of which the party is likely to retain two. The RJD may send two of its own MPs and the BJP one.
From Rajasthan, the BJP is likely to send all flour MPs.