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New Delhi. At least 54 members of the Rajya Sabha, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and nine Union ministers, are set to retire on Tuesday and Wednesday. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has termed the end of 91-year-old Manmohan Singh’s 33-year-long parliamentary innings as ‘the end of an era’. Read this also: Leader of Opposition Charandas Mahant gave clarification on the statement given against PM Modi, said – the statement was presented in a wrong way…

Manmohan Singh, known for bringing many bold reforms in the economy, became a member of the House for the first time in October 1991. He was the Finance Minister in the Narasimha Rao government from 1991 to 1996 and the Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014. Former party chief Sonia Gandhi will enter the Upper House for the first time from Rajasthan on the seat falling vacant after Manmohan Singh completes his term on April 3.

Apart from Manmohan Singh, seven Union ministers – Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Purshottam Rupala, Information Technology Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Narayan Rane and Information and Minister of State for Broadcasting L Murugan – ending his tenure in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

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The tenure of Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav will end on Wednesday. All these Union ministers are contesting the Lok Sabha elections, except Ashwini Vaishnav, who has not been given another term in the Upper House. Ashwini Vaishnav and Murugan have been given another Rajya Sabha term.

Among those retiring from the Upper House is Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan, who has been re-nominated by her party to the State Council for another term. Similarly, there is Manoj Kumar Jha, who has been re-nominated by his party RJD for another term to Rajya Sabha from Bihar, apart from this, Congress has re-nominated Naseer Hussain from Karnataka.

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The tenure of Congress party’s Abhishek Singhvi in ​​Rajya Sabha is ending today. He will not be in the Upper House as he has lost his election from Himachal Pradesh.

Others who retired include BJP’s national media in-charge Anil Baluni, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Garhwal seat in Uttarakhand. Apart from this, BJP’s Prakash Javadekar, former Union Minister and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi have also retired from the Rajya Sabha, and have not been re-nominated by the party.

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BJP’s Anil Jain is also retiring on Tuesday as the party has not given him a second term and so is Saroj Pandey from Chhattisgarh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections in the state.