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The ‘world’s largest party’ might be eyeing on ensuing Rajya Sabha 2020 elections to mark their power but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unlikely to get their majority in the Upper House as it lost a few of the assembly elections in the last two years.

According to Rajya Sabha (RS) Secretariat data, 73 seats will go for elections with 69 seats falling vacant this year. The MPs who are retiring this year – 18 are from BJP, 17 are from the opposition Congress and 4 seats have been lying vacant.

In the 245-member RS, the BJP currently has 83 members and the Congress has 46. However, the BJP is unlikely to retain power in the Upper House despite the mandate of 303 seats in the Lok Sabha as the state Assemblies affect majority in the RS.

The closure of 2019 was not very enlightening for the BJP after it is under the ire of the public post the passage of the amended citizenship act.

The party faced a massive outburst of public anger over the newly enacted law. People from all walks of life hit the streets demanding immediate withdrawal of the act. Protests also rocked Assam in December last year. The protesters urged the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to act for the interest of the greater Assamese community.

Ahead of the Assembly elections, a big question has arisen in front of the BJP whether it would be able to retain power in 2021 or not. The present situation does not imply any such possibility to come back to power again as the anger of people has remained unfazed.

The protests, which started in Assam, had spread to other parts of the country like wildfire. Protests turned violent in some parts. Even, people from other parts of the world also raised their voice against the Citizenship Law.

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