After the death of a few members in Gujarat, few seats went vacant in Rajya Sabha. Therefore, by-elections were conducted for the seats that went vacant. Bhartiya Janata Party won two Rajya Sabha seats unopposed as the opposition like the Congress party did not have any candidate to fill as nominees for the post.
The seats were previously occupied by senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel and BJP leader Abhay Ganpatray Bhardwaj, who died recently. The current BJP candidates for these seats are Dineshchamdra Jemalbhai Ananvadiya and Rambhai Harjibhai Mokariya.
In November 2020, Ahmed Patel, 71 years old, died after struggling with COVID-19. He had several organ defects due to his declining health as a result of coronavirus infection.
In 2017, Patel won the Rajya Sabha seat in the middle of a high drama, after Congress leaders had turned defiant, threatening his re-election and paving the way for a possible BJP victory.
Subsequently, after the votes of the two rebel senators, he was declared invalid by the Election Commission. The two legislators allegedly sent their ballot papers to the BJP staff after they had issued their mandate.