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SAD may abstain from RS deputy chairman election

The decision was taken at a meeting of SAD leaders at the residence of its President Sukhbir Badal here.


PTI 06 Aug 2018, 04:29 PM India

The Shiromani Akali Dal, an ally of the BJP, may abstain from the election to the post of the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, sources said today.

The decision was taken at a meeting of SAD leaders at the residence of its President Sukhbir Badal here.

The party has three lawmakers in the upper house, including Naresh Gujral, whose name was also in contention.

The BJP-led NDA lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha.

Earlier today, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced in the House that the election will be held at 11 am on August 9.

He also suggested that the deputy chairman should be elected by consensus. The nomination papers will have to be filed before noon on August 8.

The post of the deputy chairman has been lying vacant since June following the retirement of P J Kurien, who was elected to the Upper House of Parliament on a Congress ticket from Kerala.

While the BJP-led NDA did not make any formal announcement, sources said Harivansh, a first-time parliamentarian, is likely to be their choice for the post.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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