New Delhi: Harivansh Narayan Singh, member of the Janata Dal United (JD-U) was elected the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, on Thursday.
Harivansh, fielded by the BJP-led ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) defeated opposition candidate BK 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 Ananath Kumar and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu initiated the process of the election by calling for division of votes in the House. The post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman has been lying vacant since the retirement of PJ Kurien on July 1.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Harivansh Singh, and thanked all Rajya Sabha members for supporting him.