RS Deputy Chairperson poll: Here’s how numbers favour NDA’s Harivansh vs Opposition’s Hariprasad
NEW DELHI: NDA nominee Harivansh will face the joint Opposition candidate, BK Hariprasad when the members of the Higher Home will vote to elect the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Thursday.
Apparently, each the edges are assured of their victory and claimed to have majority assist.
The numbers, nevertheless, seem stacked in favour of the BJP -led ruling coalition which claims the assist of 126 members within the Higher Home, which has an efficient power of 244 MPs.
Whereas Harivansh is a first-time MP of the JD(U), Hariprasad is a three-time parliamentarian of the Congress. Either side – the ruling NDA and the Opposition events – have issued notices on behalf of their respective candidates and their papers have been discovered to be so as, based on sources within the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.
The election will probably be held at 11 am quickly after the laying of papers.
The put up of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman has been mendacity vacant for the reason that retirement of P J Kurien on July 1.
The Opposition is claiming assist of assorted events, together with Congress, TMC, DMK, Left events, SP, BSP, NCP, TDP.
TDP chief YS Choudhary stated on Wednesday that his social gathering, which has 6 members within the Higher Hopuse, ”will assist Congress chief BK Hariprasad.”
However, the ruling NDA is undamaged, with the Shiv Sena and Akali Dal extending their full assist to the official nominee, moreover additionally by unbiased events just like the AIADMK and the TRS.
In a massive increase to the NDA, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has prolonged his social gathering’s assist to Harivansh. The BJD has 9 MPs within the Higher Home, whereas AIADMK and TRS have 13 and 6 MPs respectively.
“We are going to assist Janata Dal-United candidate for the Rajya Sabha put up,” the Chief Minister informed reporters after arriving right here from Mumbai.
He confirmed that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah just a few days earlier relating to the election.
The BJD assist is necessary as each the UPA and NDA haven’t got a majority within the Higher Home. .
“We’ve got numbers on our facet and Harivanshji will comfortably win the election tomorrow. It might have been higher if the deputy chairman was elected unanimously,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel stated.
However, Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma too claimed that the Opposition has the numbers in addition to a formidable candidate in Hariprasad, at the same time as he accused the federal government and the BJP of utilizing each tactic and affect of their authority and energy to swing the election.
He claimed that the NDA didn’t have the bulk within the Rajya Sabha, else the BJP would have fielded its personal candidate, and stated the ruling social gathering goes properly past its fold to get votes.
“It’s a nice honour for me to be the joint candidate of the Opposition for the put up of deputy chairman,” Hariprasad stated.
In line with BJP’s calculations, Harivansh is prone to get the backing of 91 NDA members, three nominated and erstwhile SP MP Amar Singh. He additionally has the votes of some non-NDA events — AIADMK (13 members), TRS (six), YSRCP (two) and INLD (one) and BJD (9) — including as much as 126.
Hariprasad has the assist of 61 MPs of the Congress-led UPA, 13 members every of the TMC and the SP, six MPs of the TDP, 5 of the CPI(M), 4 every from the BSP and the DMK, two of the CPI and one MP of the JD(S), including as much as 109 members.
One nominated and one unbiased member will even assist the candidature of Hariprasad, sources within the opposition stated. This might take the anticipated opposition complete to about 111, they stated.
(With Company inputs)