Arun Jaitley to lead NDA in fight for RS deputy chairperson

Arun Jaitley to lead NDA in fight for RS deputy chairperson

Courtesy : NJ09/08/2018 12:20

Finance Minister and Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley will take part in the election to the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson today. Sources have confirmed that Jaitley will lead the NDA's fight for the deputy chairperson post. He will read out a short motion to set the ball rolling for the motion for the election of NDA candidate--Harivansh Narayan Singh.

 He has to participate in the voting because the NDA does not enjoy a majority in the upper house. Very close fight will between NDA and UPA.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has been trying to win over non-BJP non-Congress parties to support the NDA candidate. Orissa Chief Minister and chief of the Biju Janata Dal Navin Patnaik on Wednesday announced his party will side with the NDA.

However, despite this, the BJP needs to ensure maximum votes for the NDA candidate. This has made it important for Jaitley to attend the house proceedings and cast his vote.

After formalities, the vote for Singh will be taken. If he gets more than half-way mark of the present MPs in the house, Singh will be declared winner. The Rajya Sabha currently has 244 members.

If the NDA manages to cross the half-way mark, there will be no need for a motion to vote for Congress candidate BK Hariprasad, who is being backed by opposition parties.

 Jaitley has refrained from public engagement for the past three months after he underwent a kidney transplant. Doctors have advised him to completely refrain from interacting with people for three months,but he was been regularly sharing his views on current topics by writing blogs and posting on Twitter.

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