NDA candidate Harivansh has been re-elected as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. The upper house cleared his name with a voice vote. BJP President JP Nadda had moved the proposal to elect Harivansh as the deputy chairman and his motion was adopted. Later, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced his name.

The Opposition had pitted Manoj Jha of RJD against Harivansh. However, opposition parties did not press for voting and the JDU MP was declared elected with voice vote.

Congratulating Harivansh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said be it as a journalist or social worker, the JDU MP has endeared himself to many. He said everyone has seen the manner in which he conducts the House proceedings. Mr Modi said he belongs to all sides of the aisle and conducted proceedings in an impartial manner. He said he has been an outstanding umpire and has always been diligent in performing his duties.

Mr Modi said this time, the Parliament has convened in circumstances that were never seen before. He stressed that it is important to ensure all safety related precautions are taken.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, K Keshav Rao of TRS, Prasanna Acharya of BJP, Tiruchi Siva of DMK and others also congratulated Harivansh.

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