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NDA candidate Harivansh elected Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha: Anti-BJP front puts up brave face, non-Congress parties question why Rahul Gandhi did not reach out

Meanwhile, ANI quoted AAP MP Sanjay Singh as saying, “Looking at Congress's attitude we have decided to abstain from voting for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, Congress is the biggest obstacle in Opposition's unity.”

Edited by: India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: August 09, 2018 23:31 IST ]
Newly-elected Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh
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Newly-elected Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh (2nd L) being greeted by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar (L), MoS for Parliamenatary Affairs Vijay Goel (2nd R) and Rajya Sabha Secretay General Desh Deepak Verma look on, outside his office at Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

Cracks in the Opposition have started to appear after the poll for the post of deputy chairman Rajya Sabha held on Thursday.

Many opposition parties feel their candidate could have got more votes had the Congress nominated a member from any of its supporting parties.

However, they stressed that the NDA candidate's victory was not a setback to their unity efforts against the Modi government.

Murmurs of dissatisfaction could be heard in the galleries of Parliament with some leaders questioning why Congress President Rahul Gandhi did not reach out to parties like the AAP, which could have extended support, like Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar did by calling up BJD and TRS leaders, reported news agency PTI.

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Meanwhile, ANI quoted AAP MP Sanjay Singh as saying, “Looking at Congress's attitude we have decided to abstain from voting for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, Congress is the biggest obstacle in Opposition's unity.” 

Also, some leaders believe a Congress member as opposition candidate closed the chances of getting votes from some parties who didn't wish to be seen close to any camp.

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"We still are united in our opposition to the BJP and NDA. Today's result shows the desperation of the government. the PM had to be on phone to get votes for the NDA candidate. The election is certainly not the end of the world for us. These are just the warm-up matches for the world cup and it should be played and there the voters are different," TMC leader Derek O'Brien said, reported PTI.

Securing 125 votes, ruling NDA candidate and JD(U) member Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected as the Deputy Chairman. His opponent, BK Hariprasad got 105 votes. The post of the deputy chairman for the Upper House was lying unoccupied since the retirement of P J Kurien on July 1.

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