Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election Highlights: Big win for NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh

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Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election: BJP-led NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh defeated opposition's BK Hariprasad to win the Rajya Sabha election for the Deputy Chairman post.

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Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election 2018 LIVE Updates: BJP-led NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh today secured 125 votes against 105 by opposition’s BK Hariprasad to win the Rajya Sabha election for the Deputy Chairman post. Harivansh Narayan, a first time parliamentarian, was elected in 2014 on a Rajya Sabha ticket from Bihar. He is considered a close confidant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and an important member of his think tank. Besides, Harivansh is also considered as the man behind Nitish’s special status demand. Harivansh and Nitish have been associated to each other since their days of Jay Prakash Narayan movement against the Congress government-led by Indira Gandhi in 70s.

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Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election Live Updates:

15:51 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Amit Shah congratulates Harivansh Narayan
15:50 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
PM Modi's message
15:48 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Nitish Kumar congratulates Harivansh Narayan
12:18 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election: Who is Harivansh Narayan Singh

Harivansh Narayan Singh today won the Rajya Sabha election for the Deputy Chairman post. A first-time parliamentarian, Harivansh Narayan, 62, is the former editor-in-chief of Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar. Besides, he had also served as a PRO for late PM Chandrashekhar. Narayan was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2014 on a Janata Dal (United) ticket of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is considered very close to Nitish Kumar and the man behind Nitish's special status demand for Bihar.

11:55 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Modi recalls Harivansh Narayan Singh's contribution to society

Speaking on the floor of the Rajya Sabha, PM Modi praised newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh's contribution to the society as a journalist. He recalled how Harivansh Narayan when he was the PRO of late PM Chandrashekhar, had played crucial role in giving a meaningful direction to the society. "I congratulate Harivanshji on behalf of the whole House. He has been blessed with the talent of writing. He was also a favourite of former PM Chandrashekhar ji."

11:52 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Ghulam Nabi Azad congratulates Harivansh Narayan Singh

Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad congratulated Harivansh Narayan Singh.

11:50 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
PM Modi congratulates Harivansh Narayan Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh.

11:42 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election: Harivansh Narayan Singh wins

NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh won the Rajya Sabha election for the Deputy Chairman post by 20 votes. He defeated opposition's BK Hariprasad.

11:36 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: Voting process underway
11:33 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
'Congress biggest obstacle in Opposition's unity'

The Aam Aadmi Party lashed out at the Congress' for not seeking its support. Party MP Sanjay Singh said that the Congress if the biggest obstacle in the opposition's unity. “Looking at Congress's attitude we have decided to abstain from voting for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, Congress is the biggest obstacle in Opposition's unity.”

11:31 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Voting process underway in Rajya Sabha

The voting process to elect Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman is underway in the House. Union Finance Minister Arun jaitley is also present on the floor of the House. The result will be announced shortly.

11:26 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: Opposition camp strength

The 'united opposition'-led by Congress has 109 MPs. Congress 50; Trinamool Congress 13; BSP 4; SP 13; CPI 2; CPI(M) 5; INLD 1; IUML 1; JD(S) 1; Kerala Congress (M) 1; NCP 4; RJD 5; TDP 6; DMK 4. According to media reports, Kanimozhi of DMK is unlikely to participate in the voting because she is in Chennai.

11:17 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election: BJD issues statement

The BJP of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has issued a statement reiterating that the party will support Harivansh Narayan Singh at the time of voting on the Rajya Sabha. The party said that BJP and JD(U) had emerged from Jay Prakash Narayan movement.

11:15 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Arun Jaitley attends Rajya Sabha

Senior BJP leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is present on the floor of the Rajya Sabha. This is first attendance in the Upper House post-surgery.

11:12 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
AAP, PDP, YSR Congress to abstain

The Aam Aadmi party, YSR Congress and PDP have announced that they will abstain from voting. The AAP has 3 MPs, YSR Congress 2 MPs and PDP 2 MPs. The decision to abstain reduced the current strength from 244 to 237, thus the magic figure will be 119.

11:09 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Numbers in favour of NDA

The BJP-led NDA has an edge over the opposition-led by Congress. The ruling NDA has support of 117 MPs (excluding nominated and independents). Bharatiya Janata Party 73; AIADMK 13; BJD 9; JD(U) 6; Naga Peoples Front 1; Republican Party of India 1; SAD 3; Shiv Sena 3; Sikkim Democratic Front 1; Bodoland People's Front 1; Telangana Rashtra Samithi 6

10:54 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Harivansh Narayan Singh speaks

Harivansh Narayan Singh, NDA's candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman told ANI that he will definitely win. "We are confident of our win and election result is a foregone conclusion."

10:47 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election: BJP issues whip

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a three-line whip to its MPs. The BJP alone has 73 MPs in the Rajya Sabha.

10:38 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
NDA will be successful, says Harivansh Narayan Singh

NDA's nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh said that he will the election. “NDA will be successful,” he told ABP outside the Parliament. Singh is considered a close confidant of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2014 on a JD(U) ticket.

10:29 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
'Opposition united', says BK Hariprasad

BK Hariprasad, the opposition's nominee for the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman post, has exuded confidence that he win emerge victorious. "We are very confident that we have the required numbers, opposition is united."

10:22 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
YSR Congress to abstain

The YSR Congress of Jaganmohan Reddy has decided to abstain from the Rajya Sabha at the time of voting, a tv report said. The YSR Congress has 2 MPs in the Rajya Sabha.

10:17 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Shiv Sena to vote for Harivansh Narayan

Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena has said that its MPs will vote in favour of the ruling NDA's nominee. Sena, an estranged ally of the BJP, made this announcement on Wednesday. "We will back the NDA candidate," Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai said. The Shiv Senahas 3 MPs in the Rajya Sabha.

10:14 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
SAD to support Harivansh Narayan Singh

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has said that it will support NDA's nominee. 'There is no question of abstaining or not supporting the NDA's official candidate for the post,' SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had said on Tuesday. Badal added that his 'SAD is standing rock solid with the BJP'. The SAD has 3 MPs in Rajya Sabha.

10:07 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
BK Hariprasad wants opposition to stay 'united'

BK Hariprasad who is Congress-led opposition nominee, on Wednesday said that he will definitely win if the opposition parties come together and vote for his candidature. “If the opposition parties come together.. we will win,” he said. “Since the Congress is the largest party in the Rajya Sabha from the opposition camp, it was decided that the party should field its own candidate.”

09:56 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Nitish calls up Kejriwal

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday called his Delhi counterpart to seek his support for Harivansh Narayan Singh -- the NDA's nominee for the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman post. "Nitish Kumarji called up Arvind Kejriwalji and sought AAP support for his party's candidate. As it is not possible to vote for BJP-backed JD-U candidate. If Rahul Gandhiji does not need our support for his party's candidate, the Aam Aadmi Party has no option but to skip voting," AAP Rajya Sabha MP said. The AAP has 3 MPs in Rajya Sabha.

09:51 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Vijay Goel on Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election

MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel has said that the NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh has numbers in his favour. "Harivanshji will comfortably win the election. It would have been better if the Deputy Chairman was elected unanimously,"

09:46 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Reach out if you want support: AAP message to Rahul Gandhi

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal has threatened to abstain from the House at the time of voting unless Congress president Rahul Gandhi calls up Delhi CM to seek support for BK Hariprasad. The AAP has 3 MPs in the Rajya Sabha. "If they (the Congress) ask for our vote, we will oblige. It is meaningless to vote compulsively (for the Congress), if they do not need it. If Rahul Gandhi can hug Narendra Modi, why cannot he ask Arvind Kejriwal for support to his party's candidate," party MP Sanjay Singh said.

09:28 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
BJP claims support of 129 MPs

According to a report in The Indian Express, the BJP -- the largest constituent of the ruling NDA, has claimed that Harivansh Narayan Singh enjoys support of 129 MPs. The BJP alone has 73 MPs. The Janata Dal (United) has 6 MPs. “You will see a wider gap than expected in the tallies,” said a Central minister.

09:24 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
NDA MPs meeting

NDA MPs and those supporting the ruling alliance nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh, are schedule to meet in the Parliamentary Library Building before the voting at 11 am. The BJP has claimed that Singh will win as many of the opposition and regional parties will vote for him.

09:03 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Who is Harivansh Narayan Singh

Harivansh Narayan Singh is a first-time parliamentarian. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2014 on a Janata Dal (United) ticket of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The 62–year-old politician is the former editor-in-chief of Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar. He had also served as a PRO for late PM Chandrashekhar.

08:59 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
BJD to support NDA's Harivansh Narayan Singh

Odisha's BJD has announced support to the ruling BJP-led NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh. Party president naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said, “We will be supporting the JD(U) candidate… who is also the NDA candidate.” Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, also confirmed his decision to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. The BJD has 9 MPs in Rajya Sabha.

The Rajya Sabha's current strength is 244 and one needs 123 votes to be chosen for the Deputy Chairman post. The ruling BJP is the single largest party in the House with 73 MPs. The BJP is followed by Congress' 50 MPs.
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