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53 farewell speeches in Rajya Sabha on Friday

Congress, which is the biggest party in the House with 65 seats, will also be the biggest loser

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Publish Date: May 12 2016 11:15PM | Updated Date: May 12 2016 11:15PM

53 farewell speeches in Rajya Sabha on Friday

 Rajya Sabha will see 53 farewell speeches on Friday, with these many members of Parliament retiring before the next Parliament session in July. 

 
According NDTV report, those who going to retire, include some big names; some may return, and some may not. Congress, which is the biggest party in the House with 65 seats, will also be the biggest loser as some of its most prominent faces may bow out or will struggle to return. 
 
16 members from the party are retiring.
 
From BJP , prominent faces set to retire include Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitaraman, YS Choudhry and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
 
Naidu holds Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development portfolio. He has to be brought back to Parliament. 
 
Last time, he was elected from Karnataka and with businessman Vijay Mallya resigning, there is a vacancy.
 
If he wants to be elected from Andhra Pradesh, which is his home state,  BJP will have to take the help of the state's ruling TDP, which is in a position to get three seats with a fourth going to Jagan Reddy's YSR Congress.
 
But Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitaraman is also there,  who came in from Andhra Pradesh for a two-year term. 
 
If Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he will have to bring her  to the house from some other state council as the TDP is unlikely to give the BJP two of three seats.
 
Congress won't get any seat from Telangana or Andhra Pradesh . So the return of Jairam Ramesh depends on the generosity of Telangana's ruling TRS party. 
 
Other senior Congress leaders like Hanumanth Rao and JD Seelam may not come back.
 
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal will seek to return from Maharashtra. 
 
After Maharashtra polls, the BJP-Sena combine get to pick the most seats. 
 
Congress' Vijay Darda is retiring and three senior leaders - Gurudas Kamat, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Mukul Vasnik - are hopefuls for that one seat.
 
Uttar Pradesh will see a near overhaul.  BSP has no MPs in Lok Sabha and six of its members will retire from Upper House of the Parliament,  including Satish Chandra Mishra.
 
BSP will send back two and BJP and Congress one each. Samajwadi Party will have the rest. BJP may  get back Minister Mukhtar Naqvi from UP.
 
From Bihar, five JD(U) members are bidding good bye. Prty will retain two seats, while ally RJD will get two and the BJP one.
 
Four Rajasthan seats will fall vacant in July.  BJP may take all four. Pre-empting that Congress'  Anand Sharma has already shifted to Himachal Pradesh.
 
Other member Ashok Ali Tak may not come back. Ram Jethmalani may not return to the House,  as his relations with the BJP at their lowest.  
 
Former defence minister AK Antony is another stalwart, who is set to.  Kerala assembly election results next week is likely to decide his fate.