Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council

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Government of Uttar Pradesh
Seal of Uttar Pradesh.jpg
Seat of Government Lucknow
Governor Banwari Lal Joshi[1]
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav[2]
Deputy Chief Minister None
  • Vidhan Sabha
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey[3]
Deputy Speaker None
Members in Assembly 404
Council Vidhan Parishad
Chairman Ganesh Shankar Pandey[4]
Deputy Chairman None
Members in Council 108
High Court Allahabad High Court at
Allahabad & Lucknow
Chief Justice Justice Shiva Kirti Singh (ACJ)[5]

The Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad (Hindi: उत्तर प्रदेश विधान परिषद्) or the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. Uttar Pradesh is one of the six states in India, where the state legislature is bicameral, comprising two houses: the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) and the Vidhan Parishad (Legislative Council). The Vidhan Parishad is a permanent House, consisting of 100 members.


The Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad came into existence by the Government of India Act of 1935. The Governor Shri Ram Naik was a part of it, as heretofore. The Legislative Council consisted of 60 members. The term of a member of the Council was nine years with one-third of its members retiring after every three years. The Houses enjoyed the right of electing their Presiding Officers known as the President. The first meeting of the Legislative Council was held on 29 July 1937. Sir Sitaram and Begum Aijaz Rasul were elected the President and the Vice-President of the Legislative Council respectively. Sir Sitaram was in office till 9 March 1949. Chandra Bhal became the next Chairman on 10 March 1949.

After the independenc and adoption of the constitution on 26 January 1950 Chandra Bhal was re-elected the Chairman of the Legislative Council and continued in office till May 5, 1958. Sri Nizamuddin was elected the Deputy Chairman of the Council on May 27, 1952. He continued in office till 1964.

Nominations and election[edit]

When, under the provisions of the Government of India Act 1935, the Legislative Council came into existence in the United Provinces, it comprised 60 members. On 26 January 1950, the total membership of the Vidhan Parishad (legislative council) of Uttar Pradesh state was increased from 60 to 72. With the Constitution (Seventh Amendment) Act 1956, the strength of the Council was enhanced to 108. After the reorganisation of Uttar Pradesh state in November 2000 and the creation of Uttarakhand state, this strength has now reduced to 100. The present composition of the Vidhan Parishad is as follows:

  • 10 members are nominated by the governor of Uttar Pradesh.
  • 38 members are elected by the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha members.
  • 36 members are elected by the Local bodies.
  • 8 members are elected by the teachers.
  • 8 members are elected by the graduates.


Members are now elected or nominated for six years and one-third of them retire every second year. The presiding officers of Vidhan Parishad are now known as Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

Constituencies and members[edit]

The following are the constituencies of the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad:[6]

Graduates' constituencies (8)[edit]

  1. Dr. Naipal Singh Ritired, Bareilly-Moradabad Division Graduates
  2. Kanti Singh, Lucknow Division Graduates
  3. Devendra Pratap Singh, Gorakhpur-Faizabad Division Graduates
  4. Kedar Nath Singh, Varanasi Division Graduates
  5. Dr. Yag Dutt Sharma, Allahabad-Jhansi Division Graduates
  6. Arun Pathak, Kanpur Division Graduates
  7. Vivek Bansal, Aligarh-Agra Division Graduates
  8. Hem Singh Pundir, Meerut Division Graduates

Teachers' constituencies (8)[edit]

  1. Hem Singh Pundeer Bareilly-Moradabad Division Teachers
  2. Umesh Dwivedi Lucknow Division Teachers
  3. Dhruv Kumar Tripathi Gorakhpur-Faizabad Division Teachers
  4. Chet Narayan Singh Varanasi Division Teachers
  5. Suresh Kumar Tripathi Allahabad-Jhansi Division Teachers
  6. Raj Bahadur Singh Chandel Kanpur Division Teachers
  7. Jagveer Kishor Jain Agra-Aligarh Division Teachers
  8. Om Prakash Sharma Meerut Division Teachers


Local Authorities' constituencies (36)[edit]

Following are current members from the Local Authorities constituencies:

  1. Mordabad-Bijnor Local Authorities
  2. Rampur-Bareilly Local Authorities
  3. Budaun Local Authorities
  4. Pilibhit-Shahjahanpur Local Authortiies
  5. Hardoi Local Authorities
  6. Kheri Local Authorities
  7. Sitapur Local Authorities
  8. Lucknow-Unnao Local Authorities
  9. Rae Bareli Local Authorities
  10. Pratapgarh Local Authorities
  11. Sultanpur Local Authorities
  12. Barabanki Local Authorities
  13. Bahraich Local Authorities
  14. Gonda Local Authorities
  15. Faizabad Local Authorities
  16. Basti-Siddharth Nagar Local Authorities
  17. Gorakhpur-Maharajganj Local Authorities
  18. Deoria Local Authorities
  19. Azamgarh-Mau Local Authorities
  20. Ballia Local Authorities
  21. Ghazipur Local Authorities
  22. Jaunpur Local Authorities
  23. Varanasi Local Authorities
  24. Mirzapur-Sonbhadra Local Authorities
  25. Allahabad Local Authorities
  26. Banda-Hamirpur Local Authorities
  27. Jhansi-Jalaun-Lalitpur Local Authorities
  28. Kanpur-Fatehpur Local Authorities
  29. Etawah-Farrukhabad Local Authorities
  30. Agra-Firozabad Local Authorities
  31. Mathura-Etah-Mainpuri Local Authorities
  32. Mathura-Etah-Mainpuri Local Authorities
  33. Aligarh Local Authorities
  34. Bulandshahar Local Authorities
  35. Meerut-Ghaziabad Local Authorities
  36. Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur Local Authorities

Nominated members[edit]

The following are the present nominated Members of Legislative Council:

  1. DD.singh, Bahujan Samaj Party
  2. Vinay Shakya, Bahujan Samaj Party
  3. Naushad Ali, Bahujan Samaj Party
  4. Gopal Narain Mishra, Bahujan Samaj Party
  5. Sudhir Goel, Bahujan Samaj Party
  6. Ram Chandra Pradhan, Bahujan Samaj Party
  7. Mangal Singh Saini, Bahujan Samaj Party
  8. Meghraj Singh, Bahujan Samaj Party
  9. M L Tomar, Bahujan Samaj Party

Party Wise Status[edit]

The following is the present party wise strength of Legislative Council:

  1. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) - 55
  2. Samajwadi Party (SP) - 26
  3. Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) - 7
  4. Indian National Congress (INC) - 2
  5. Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) - 1
  6. Teacher's Group (Non political) - 5
  7. Independent - 4
  8. Vacant - 1[8]

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