Two RS members each of Cong, TMC skip voting
The Congress and the TMC led the campaign to get the opposition's candidate elected to the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman's post but failed to ensure that all their members were present when votes were cast in the house today.
With 232 members out of the effective strength of 244 voting, NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh comfortably sailed through with 125 votes, while opposition's candidates B K Hariprasad managed to get the support of 105 members.
Two members of YSRCP abstain from the voting.
Two members each of the Congress, TMC, DMK and one member of Samajwadi Party were also absent from the house at the time of voting.
Fence sitters BJD and TRS also supported the NDA candidate in the election.
The post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman has been lying vacant since the retirement of P J Kurien on July 1.
Congress-led UPA candidate Hariprasad was able to manage support of other opposition parties like SP, BSP, CPI, and CPI(M).
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