All eyes are on the Rajya Sabha where a keen contest is on the cards between NDA nominee Harivansh and joint opposition candidate BK Hariprasad for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Thursday.
Harivansh is a first-time MP of the JD(U) while Hariprasad is a three-time parliamentarian of the Congress.
The NDA is claiming the support of 126 members in the Upper House, which has an effective strength of 244 MPs. Congress on Wednesday claimed the numbers were Harivansh’s side and accused the government of using every tactic to swing the poll.
Here are the live updates:
Confident of our numbers, says Opposition nominee Hariprasad
“We are very confident that we have the required numbers, opposition is united,” says BK Hariprasad,Opposition Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman candidate.
NDA’s Harivansh a journalist who took up social cause
Janata Dal (United) leader Harivansh wore many hats — editor, author, bank official, public servant — before making his debut as Rajya Sabha MP in April 2014. But he wasn’t new to Delhi’s corridors of power.
A former editor of Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar, Harivansh served as the additional information advisor to socialist veteran Chandra Shekhar, who was India’s Prime Minister between November 1990 and June 1991. Read more
Opposition nominee Hariprasad an old Congress warhorse
BK Hariprasad is a former Congress general secretary. The 64-year-old from Bengaluru has risen through the ranks to become a senior leader of the party which he joined in 1972.
Belonging to the backward Idiga community, Hariprasad was general secretary of the Congress for 12 years from 2006 and was removed from the post by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in March.
A three-time Rajya Sabha MP, Hariprasad represents Karnataka, and was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1990, then in 2004 and again in 2014. Read more
AAP to ‘boycott’ election as Rahul didn’t ask for support
AAP has decided to “boycott” the election to the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman on Thursday as Congress president Rahul Gandhi did not ‘seek’ support for the Opposition’s candidate, according to party lawmaker Sanjay Singh.
Singh said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rejected Nitish Kumar’s request to support the NDA nominee, Harivansh Narayan Singh, in the election as he has the backing of the BJP.
He said that since Congress president Rahul Gandhi has not sought AAP’s support for the opposition’s candidate, the Kejriwal-led party “has no option but to boycott the poll”.
BJD likely support NDA candidate
The BJD is likely support to NDA candidate Harivansh, the third sign in recent weeks of a new warmth in the otherwise frosty, even hostile, relationship between Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s party and the BJP. PM Modi spoke to Patnaik over phone to seek his support for the deputy chairman’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. Read full story here
BJP confident, Congress in hectic parleys
NDA, despite lacking the numbers in the Upper House, seems pretty confident of pulling off a surprise.
The Congress on the other hand seems to be having a tough time getting other Opposition parties to rally behind its candidate and is involved in hectic last-minute parleys with regional parties in securing an ‘anti-BJP front’ inside the House. Read full story here