New Delhi, 07 March 2022: The term of office of 13 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from following 06 States is due to expire on their retirement in April, 2022 as detailed below:

Sl. No. State No. of seats Name of Member Date of retirement
Assam 02 Ranee Narah 02.04.2022
Ripun Bora
Himachal Pradesh 01 Anand Sharma 02.04.2022
Kerala 03 A. K. Antony 02.04.2022


M. V. Shreyams Kumar
Somaprasad K
Nagaland 01 K. G. Kenye 02.04.2022
Tripura 01 Smti Jharna Das (Baidya) 02.04.2022
Punjab 03 Sukhdev Singh 09.04.2022
Partap Singh Bajwa
Shwait Malik
02 Naresh Gujral 09.04.2022
Shamsher Singh Dullo

2. Out of the five seats to be filled from Punjab three are to be filled by holding one election and other two through another election as these seats belong to two different biennial cycles. Further, the term of office of the members to be elected to the Council of States from the State of Punjab shall be subject to the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in SLP(C) No. 17123/2015 (Election Commission of India Vs Devesh Chandra Thakur & Others).

3.Now, the Commission has decided to conduct biennial elections to the Council of States from above mentioned States in accordance with the following programme:

Sl. No. Events Dates
Issue of Notifications 14th March, 2022 (Monday)
Last date of making nominations 21st March, 2022 (Monday)
Scrutiny of nominations 22nd March, 2022 (Tuesday)
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 24th March, 2022 (Thursday)
Date of Poll 31st March, 2022 (Thursday)
Hours of Poll 09:00 am- 04:00 pm
Counting of Votes 31st March, 2022 (Thursday) at 05:00 pm
Date before which election shall be completed 02nd April, 2022 (Saturday)

4.         The Commission has directed that for the purpose of marking preference(s) on the ballot paper only integrated violet colour sketch pen(s) of pre-fixed specification, provided by the Returning Officer, shall be used. No other pen shall, under any circumstances, be used in the above said elections.

5.         Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers shall be taken to ensure free and fair election.

6.         Broad Guidelines of Covid-19 as already issued by ECI as well as the recent guidelines issued by ECI as contained in para 06 of Press Note dated 28.09.2021 available at link Schedule for Bye-elections in Parliamentary/Assembly Constituencies of various States – reg – Press Releases 2021 – Election Commission of India ( to be followed, wherever applicable, during entire election process for all persons.

7.         Commission has also directed the Chief Secretaries concerned to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.