Rajya Sabha deputy chief poll: Harivansh, Hariprasad file paper, working to garner BJD support

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: As only a day remained for the poll to the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, both NDA and UPA are working hard to secure support of the neutral parties like Biju Janata Dal (BJD) as none of them have the majority in the Upper House to grab the chair.

JD(U) MP Harivansh Narayan Singh, who filed his nomination as NDA nominee today reached out to BJD seeking support. With a handful of supporters, he himself today met the BJD MPs at BJD’s parliamentary party office in Delhi and urged them to support him in the election.

Earlier, JD(U) chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also talked to BJD chief Naveen Patnaik for support.

On the other hand, Congress nominee BK Hariprasad, who was earlier the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president, also filed nominations for the post as the joint opposition candidate.

He told media that his party is in talk with BJD for support. He expressed confidence that he would garner the neutral party support and emerge victorious.

The current strength of the Rajya Sabha is 244 and support of 123 members would be required for a win, if all members are present.

BJD’s decision could be the real deciding factor for the victory of either candidate.

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