NDA candidate Harivansh re-elected as RS deputy chairman
Harivansh Narayan Singh, NDA candidate of Janatadal United party was re-elected as deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha on Monday. M Venkaiah Naidu, Chairman of the Rajya sabha announced in the Upper House in this regard. Singh was elected through a voice vote that was conducted on the first day of the Parliament Monsoon Session.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Singh and said his unbiased role in the Parliament would strengthen the democracy. “The respect I hold for Harivanshji, each member of the House shares. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy,” PM Modi said. Harivansh had filed nomination for the post of the Deputy Chairman last week as a candidate of the BJP-led NDA. He was pitted against RJD MP Manoj Jha, who was the Opposition’s joint candidate
“This is the second time he has been elected as the deputy chairman of the House. I congratulate him.
He has been just to members of all parties,” Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said. The nomination filing process began on September 7 and concluded on September 11. The election for the post was necessitated as the incumbent Harivansh completed his term as a member of the Rajya Sabha this year. In 2018, he had defeated Congress’ BK Hariprasad and was elected the Deputy Chairman. Navin Patnaik of Biju Janatadal (BJD) and YS Jaganmohan Reddy of YSRCP also have extended support to Harivansh in the election. The strength of the BJP-led NDA has also gradually increased to 113 in the house with an effective strength of 245 members.