Harivansh Narayan Singh from JDU may be Centre’s choice for Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: A leader of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party, Harivansh Narayan Singh, may be the government’s nominee for deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.

A party needs 123 parliamentarians to push their candidate for the number two spot in the upper house, a post that has always been held by the Congress, except for one term.

The BJP-led coalition can manage to get through if they get the support of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao’s TRS.

The opposition is likely to put up its own candidate for the election to be held on Thursday. The parties are meeting on Monday evening to finalise a name, reports NDTV. Reports had suggested that Sukhendu Shekhar Roy of the Trinamool Congress would be the opposition’s candidate.

Harivansh Narayan Singh is a veteran journalist and a first-time parliamentarian. Choosing him is a significant act at a time when ties have been strained between allies Nitish Kumar and the BJP over the past few months.

Harivansh Singh has also been a Rajya Sabha member of the Janata Dal United since 2014.┬áCongress’s PJ Kurien was deputy chairman since 2012.