In the much talked about NDA vs Opposition face- of in the Rajya Sabha Polls , the NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh has been elected as the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
Singh was elected as the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman with 125 votes, while UPA’s BK Hariprasad got 105 votes.
Harivansh is a first-time MP of the JD-U, Hariprasad is a three-time parliamentarian of the Congress.
Addressing the Upper House after the election, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said he hoped Harivansh would “look more towards Left and left of Centre as we (opposition) needs more nourishment.” Azad said.
The name of Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) leader Vandana Chavan was flagged as opposition’s consensus candidate for the post.
The post of the deputy chairman has been lying vacant since June 2018 after the retirement of Congress leader PJ Kurien. At the farewell of Kurien, Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu had urged the ruling and opposition parties to find a suitable replacement for the post.