The UPA has been dealt a fresh setback in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The victory of the NDA nominee against the Opposition-backed candidate in Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson's election echoed even outside Parliament.
NDA nominee and Rajya Sabha JD(U) MP from Bihar Harivansh defeated Opposition nominee BK Hariprasad in the election.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Harivansh for his victory.
He described him as a prolific writer and a journalist who worked in mission mode in the sphere of social welfare.
Congratulating the newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu elaborated on his achievements and appealed for co-operation of all parties in the House.
NDA nominee and JD(U)'s Rajya Sabha MP, Harivansh got 125 votes, while opposition nominee and Congress MP BK Hariprasad received 105 votes and 2 MPs abstained
13 MPs of AIADMK, 6 of TRS, and 9 of BJD backed the NDA nominee.
Harivansh, a first-time Rajya Sabha MP from the state of Bihar expressed his gratitude to the House.
The treasury and opposition benches joined hands in congratulating the newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson.
PM Modi in his address referred to the Quit India movement in the context of Ballia in Uttar Pradesh which played a key role in the movement and also happens to be the birthplace of Harivansh.
While the election outcome is a shot in the arm for the ruling coalition, the opposition camp has been dealt a setback. The dream of stitching up a durable Grand Alliance seems to be fast becoming another pipe dream.
Harivansh, the JD(U) MP who has been elected as Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha is a man of humble beginnings. He hails from a middle class family in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh and started his first job on a salary of just Rs. 500 per month. He is a journalist turned MP and in his decades long journalistic career.
He worked in mission mode for social welfare, a prolific writer, he used to write a column titled 'How should our MPs be' and is thus expected to bring the benefit of his experience to his conduct of Rajya Sabha proceedings.
NDA candidate Harivansh was on Thursday elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
He defeated Opposition's candidate BK Hariprasad by 20 votes. His journey to the Upper House of Parliament has been a remarkable one.
Throughout his career, he worked as a journalist and associated himself with journalism for social change and welfare.
Harivansh is an accomplished writer. He has been inspired by the ideals and principles of Jayprakash Narayan.
Prime Minister Modi congratulated Harivansh on winning the election and said he has always worked for social welfare.
Born on June 30, 1956 in Balia in Uttar Pradesh, Harivansh went on to do M.A. in Economics and Diploma in Journalism from Banaras Hindu University.
During academics, he was selected as a journalist with Times of India in 1977-78. He also worked with Times' weekly magazine 'Dharmyug' till 1981.
From 1981 to 1984, he worked with Bank of India in Hyderabad and Patna from 1981 to 1984 after which he made a comeback to journalism.
From 1984-1989, he worked with Anand Bazar Patrika for its weekly magazine.
From 1990-1991, he worked with former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar as additional media advisor at the PMO for some months.
He also worked with ''Prabhat Khabar''. Harivansh was sent to the Rajya Sabha by Nitish Kumar's JD(U) in 2014. His tenure will end in April 2020.
Soft spoken Harivansh, known for his candid writing has authored and edited many books.
It is hoped that Harivansh will work for and strengthen parliamentary functioning through his rich experience.