NDA-backed JD(U) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh elected RS deputy chairman
New Delhi: NDA- backed JD(U) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha today after he won the election with 125 votes against UPA’s BK Hariprasad who got 105 votes.
Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik had announced his party’s support to Singh for the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman post.
Patnaik further informed that a number of political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah had spoken to him in this regard.
After the Rajya Sabha election results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to wish the NDA backed JD(U) candidate.
I thank all the Rajya Sabha MPs who supported Shri Harivansh Ji. It is gladdening that he got support across party lines. pic.twitter.com/Sp7pYybG2r
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 9, 2018
Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Jay Panda also congratulated Singh, who was elected deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha today.
A prolific writer and renowned journalist Shri #HarivanshNarayanSingh Ji will grace the seat of #DeputyChairman in Rajya Sabha.@PandaJay congratulates him on this well-deserved achievement & hope he would do justice to this august house & predecessors of this prestigious seat. pic.twitter.com/1syd81rzjP
— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) August 9, 2018
With no clear majority of both NDA and UPA, support of regional parties like BJD was considered to be crucial before the election for the deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha.
Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP), YSR Congress Party and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had decided to abstain from voting in the election.