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Hari vs Hari: NDA wins big RS fight

DNMUM420018 | 8/10/2018 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :636 | India

Harivansh picked Dy Chair, defeats Hariprasad easily

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government scored its first emphatic win in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday when the ruling NDA candidate, Harivansh Narayan Singh, won the election to the Deputy Chairperson’s post in the Upper House.
The first-time JD(U) MP defeated the Opposition’s nominee and Congress MP, BK Hariprasad, by 20 votes. The much-touted Opposition unity seemed to be breaking, and even some key fence-sitters backed the government, ahead of 2019 general elections.
Singh bagged the support of 125 members, while his rival could get only 105. The majority mark in the 244-member House is 123, but abstentions reduced it to 119. The position fell vacant after PJ Kurien retired in July. The post had always been wi
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