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Members of the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) or the upper house of Parliament of India are indirectly elected by the elected Members of the Legislative Assemblies of all the states of India and union territories having a State Legislative Assembly (Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry). Rajya Sabha members represent the states of India. Candidates who win the Rajya Sabha elections are called 'Member of Parliament' and hold their seats for six years. The house meets in the Rajya Sabha Chamber of the Sansad Bhavan in New Delhi, on matters relating to creation of new laws, removing or improving the existing laws that affect all citizens of India. Elections take place annually to elect 233 members for the Rajya Sabha, of which one third of the members retire in every two years.[1]

The first elections to the Rajya Sabha took place in 1952.

Rajya Sabha elections by year

See also


  1. ^ "Terms of the Houses". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 19 February 2020.