India, March 25 -- The Election Commission of India (ECI) said on Tuesday it was postponing the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for March 26 in wake of Covid-19 outbreak to "prevent a health hazard".

Elections were to be held for 18 Upper House seats across seven assemblies-Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Gujarat-in the latest round of indirect elections for the 245-member council of states. Of the 55 seats that fell vacant, 37 members were elected unopposed.

The decision was taken at a meeting attended by election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

"The situation, because of Covid-19, mandates that we shouldn't put MLAs in a congregation. The decision has been taken independently by t...