The race for 57 Rajya Sabha seats has begun with frantic parleys and lobbying.
The 57 Rajya Sabha seats up for election in 15 states on June 10 have sparked heated debate and lobbying across party lines.
While a contest in states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh is improbable, the picture will become clear on June 3 when nominations are due to be withdrawn.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh is keen on contesting eight of the state's 11 seats up for election, despite the fact that it lacks the necessary number of MLAs to win all eight, according to party leaders in Lucknow.
According to party sources, the Samajwadi Party (SP) is anticipated to win three seats and will either field or support a fourth candidate to deny the BJP the eighth seat.
Uttar Pradesh has 31 representatives in the Rajya Sabha.
In the 403-member assembly, the BJP and its allies have 273 seats, while the opposition SP and its allies have 125.
Between June and August, 11 seats will become vacant due to the retirement of members.
Five from the BJP, three from the SP, two from the Bahujan Samaj Party, and one from the Congress are among those leaving the state.