Harivansh Narayan Singh elected new Rajya Sabha deputy chairman
New Delhi: With a total of 125 votes NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh has freshly been elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman today. The new Deputy Chairman is immediately being congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke in the House and praised the newly-elected dy chairman for his large-heartedness. The PM was present during the voting session and did not waste a minute in congratulating the newly elected by meeting him in person.
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was announced as the new Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman after he received 125 votes
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Earlier today, there had been a stiff competition between the two Deputy Chairman candidates with the other candidate being a candidate of the Opposition party and a senior Congress leader B K Hariprasad. The congress leader received only 105 votes.
The election for the position of Deputy Chairman carried such great significance and pulled the eyes because the person in charge of this positions also assumes charge in the absence of the Chairperson/Vice-President. The smooth running of the Rajya Sabha also depends to a great extent on the control and functioning of the Deputy Chairman.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley too was present in the voting session who made his first public appearance in three months.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, after the voting results and the declaration of the newly elected, said, “In elections, some one wins and someone loses. But the Deputy Chairman is no longer a part of any single party. He belongs to the country now. In fact, I believe that Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the House should in-fact support the Opposition as they are more undernourished than that of the ruling party.”
Harivansh Narayan Singh happens to be the first JD(U) man who has been picked up by the BJP dispensation for a job at the Centre. Before making an entry into the Upper House, Singh used to be the political adviser during the tenure of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar.