It’s RJD vs JD (U) for RS Deputy Chairman election
JD(U)’s Harivansh is pitted against OPP-backed RJD’s Manoj Jha
It will be the RJD vs the Janata Dal (U) for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman. RJD leader Manoj Jha on Friday filed nomination for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman as the Opposition’s candidate.
Manoj Jha will be taking on NDA nominee and JD(U) MP Harivansh Narayan Singh. The election to the post is likely to be held on the first day of the Monsoon Session on September 14.
Harivansh had filed nomination for the post on Wednesday. He was the RS Deputy Chairman till his previous term ended in April. He has since been re-elected to the Upper House from Bihar.
Jha was teaching at the Delhi University when he entered politics and became a Rajya Sabha member. He is also the national spokesperson of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
While the JD (U) candidate has the full force of the NDA behind it, the RJD candidate comes with the support of the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the TMC, Left parties, the DMK, the AAP and the Loktantrik Janata Dal, besides the RJD.
The NDA nominee and JD(U) leader Harivansh has a higher probability of winning the seat. Harivansh had defeated Congress leader BK Hariprasad last time and won by 125-105 votes in elections held in August 2018. Since then, the NDA has strengthened its position in the Rajya Sabha further.
BJP floor managers are confident of securing the support of about 140 MPs, including the fence-sitters YSR Congress, TRS and BJD. The strength of the BJP-led NDA has also gradually increased to more than 114 in the House with an effective strength of 244 members as there is one vacancy. However, floor managers of NDA are trying to build a consensus among all parties so that Harivansh could be elected unanimously.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already spoken to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik to seek BJD’s support for JD(U) candidate in Rajya Sabha poll.
Saturday, 12 September 2020 | PNS | New Delhi