Somewhere in the Rajya Sabha....

Rajya Sabha will see 53 members retiring on Friday , one of the biggest in recent times.Congress, with 65 seats, will be the biggest loser with 16 members retiring and chances of only a handful of them returning to the House.
For BJP , majority in the upper House though looks elusive. Five ministers -Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and YS Choudhry -retire and all will be re-elected. BJP will increase its tally but will still fall short of majority . It will gain in Rajasthan where the party has a massive majority . But successive losses in states will dent the strength of Congress. Among other parties, Samajwadi Party's strength is likely to go up while BSP may lose its House power.
The Congress is likely to draw a blank from AP or Telangana. Jairam Ramesh, currently representing AP , is likely to make it from Karnataka since the party is in power there. P Chidambaram is also an aspirant from Karnataka. But other veterans like Hanumantha Rao and JD Seelam may not be so lucky .

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