NDA's Harivansh Narayan Singh Elected As Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman With 125 Votes

| August 9 , 2018 , 11:56 IST

NDA candidate JD(U) leader Harivansh Narayan Singh  was on Thursday elected as the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman with 125 votes while the UPA candidate Congress leader BK Hariprasad got 105 votes.

The position of the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman fell vacant after the retirement of PJ Kurien in July.

JD(U) leader Harivansh Narayan Singh, considered to be close to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is a first-timer in the Rajya Sabha and is a former editor of Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar. Meanwhile, Congress MP BK Hariprasad from Karnataka is into his third term in the Upper House.

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Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday confirmed that his party will be supporting the NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh for the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman post. The BJD has a total of 9 MPs in the Rajya Sabha.

"We will support Janata Dal-United candidate for the Rajya Sabha post," Patnaik said to media.

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) President Nitish Kumar had reached out to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to seek the support of AAP for their candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh, however, AAP declined from supporting Singh since the JD(U) candidate has the backing of the BJP.

"Nitish Kumarji called up Arvind Kejriwalji and sought AAP support for his party's candidate. As it is not possible to vote for BJP-backed JD-U candidate. If Rahul Gandhiji does not need our support for his party's candidate, the Aam Aadmi Party has no option but to skip voting," Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament comes to an end on Friday.

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