NDA’s Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman - watsupptoday.com
NDA’s Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman
Posted 09 Aug 2018 03:49 PM

NDA candidate and JD(U) leader Harivansh Narayan Singh was on Thursday elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Harivansh got 125 votes as against opposition’s BK Hariprasad who polled 105 in the House with a majority mark of 119. The election was necessitated after former Deputy Chairperson and Congress leader PJ Kurien retired from the House on July 1.

Harivansh Narayan, a journalist-turned-politician is a first-time lawmaker and is considered close to JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar. Before being elected to the Upper House, his only stint in politics was during the tenure of former PM Chandra Shekhar, who chose him as a political adviser.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present during voting, walked up to Singh to congratulate him after the process was complete. “An accomplished writer, journalist and active Parliamentarian, I am sure he will further enrich Parliamentary proceedings in his new role,” he wrote on Twitter. The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also congratulated Harivansh Narayan on his elevation. “In elections, some on wins and someone loses. But the Deputy Chairman is no longer a part of any single party. He belongs to the country now,” Azad said. He also hoped that Harivansh Singh would give enough opportunities to opposition members to raise their issues.

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