New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh won the election to the seat of the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha Thursday.
The candidate emerged victorious winning 125 votes against the 105 polled by his rival, Congress MP BK Hariprasad.
Harivansh Narayan Singh, also known as Harivansh Narayan, of the Janata Dal (United) is a member of the parliament (MP) representing Bihar constituency in the Rajya Sabha. He was born on June 30, 1956, in Ballia in the state of Uttar Pradesh and completed his graduation from Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Following his election, he was conducted to his seat beside the leader of opposition, by leader of the house Arun Jaitley, parliamentary affairs minister Ananath Kumar and leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated the new deputy chairman on being elected to 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 the society for years," Modi said.
"I also want to congratulate BK Hariprasad (opposition candidate) for being a part of the election."
Janata Dal-United member Narayan Singh defeated Hariprasad of the Congress by 20 votes in the election for the post.
Leader of the house Arun Jaitley, who attended the Rajya Sabha for the first time in the ongoing monsoon session, also congratulated Harivansh Singh on his election.
Jaitley said he was confident that Harivansh Singh would uphold the integrity of the post.
Rajya Sabha members cutting across party lines felicitated the new deputy chair.
Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad while congratulating the new deputy chair said he hoped his experience in journalism would benefit the house in its conduct.