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TRS yet to decide strategy for RS Dy chairman election

Neither the BJP nor the Congress has the required number to win the election for the post, which will fall vacant on July 2 with the retirement of P J Kurien.

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is yet to take a call on whom to support in the election to the post of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, a key party leader said today.

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday set in motion the process for the election, holding talks on the issue with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

Neither the BJP nor the Congress has the required number to win the election for the post, which will fall vacant on July 2 with the retirement of P J Kurien.

Talks are on among the opposition parties to wrest the post, while the BJP has said that it would field its candidate but favours a consensus.

Some opposition parties are of the view that the post should go to a non-BJP, non-Congress party leader and some of them are in touch with the Congress for its support to the proposal.

When asked whether the ruling party in Telangana would go with the BJP or back the opposition candidate, TRS Floor Leader in the Lok Sabha A P Jithender Reddy told PTI, "We have not taken a decision so far."

The TRS has six Rajya Sabha members.

In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, a candidate requires 122 votes to win the election for deputy chairman. The BJP has 67 members, and the Congress has 51 members in the Upper House of Parliament.

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



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