New Delhi: Janata Dal United (JD-U) Member Harivansh Narayan Singh was on Thursday elected the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
Harivansh was fielded by the BJP-led ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
He defeated opposition candidate B.K. Hariprasad of the Congress by 20 votes.
Harivansh got 125 votes while Hariprasad got 105 votes.
Following his election, he was conducted to his seat, which is beside the Leader of Opposition, by Leader of House Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated JD-U’s Harivansh Narayan Singh, the joint ruling NDA candidate, on being elected the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.
“I congratulate Harivanshji on being elected the Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha,” Modi said in the upper House, describing the journalist-MP as a “well read” person who “has written a lot”.
“He has served society for years,” Modi said.
“I also want to congratulate B.K. Hariprasad (opposition candidate) for being a part of the election.”