The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday announces the names of three candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The state ruling party named former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and another senior leader K P Munusamy as its candidates for the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu and allotted one seat to ally Tamil Maanila Congress and its chief G K Vaasan.
On April 2, six Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu will retire and the DMK days ago named three nominees including its sitting MP in the upper house, 'Tiruchy' Siva.
Based on the strength of the ruling party and main opposition DMK and their respective allies in the Assembly, all the six candidates are likely to be elected unopposed.
Six seats will go to polls in Tamil Nadu, while seven seats in Maharashtra, five each in West Bengal and Bihar, four each in Odisha, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, three each in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Assam, two each in Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Jharkhand and one each in Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Meghalaya.
The elections to the 55 vacant seats will take place on March 26.