New Delhi, March 25 -- The Election Commission of India (EC) on Tuesday said it was postponing the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for March 26 in the wake of the coronavirus disease (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. For the 55 seats that fell vacant, 37 members were elected unopposed.

"The decision has been taken independently by the commission and will be up for review once the situation improves," said a senior EC official.p15

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