Vastavam web: National Democratic Alliance candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected as the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman defeating B.K. Hariprasad. Harivansh, a veteran journalist representing Bihar as a member of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in the Upper House, received 125 votes as against 105 of Hariprasad.
Following his election, Harivansh was conducted to his seat, which is beside the Leader of Opposition, by Leader of House Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananath Kumar and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Harivansh on his win, saying: “I congratulate Harivanshji on being elected the Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.”
Jaitley, who attended the Rajya Sabha for the first time in the ongoing monsoon session, also congratulated Harivansh on his election, saying that he was confident that he would uphold the post’s integrity. And other opposition leaders also congratulated Harivansh on his election. On his part, Harivansh assured the members that he will conduct the proceedings of the House in a non-partisan manner. He said that it is a matter of pride for him to reach the corridors of power and pledged to work for the development of the nation.