Parliament updates | Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman to be elected today

The election for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman is to be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, a day before the monsoon session of Parliament ends.

With the expected support of more than half the members of the Upper House, the ruling NDA’s Harivansh seems to have a numerical edge over the opposition’s B.K. Hariprasad. Harivansh, a JD(U) MP, is likely to get the support of 126 members in the Upper House, which has an effective strength of 244 MPs, sources in the BJP said.

Here are the live updates:

In the Rajya Sabha, commitee reports and statements are being laid on the table.

Motions for the election of Deputy Chairman are taken up. Members nominate Harivansh of the JD(U) for the position. Vandana Chavan of the NCP, whose name was also doing the rounds as one of the possible candidates, seconds the motion to choose Mr. Harivansh.

The motion is put to vote. The ayes have it. The motion is passed.

Question Hour is on in Lok Sabha.

A Member asks a question on the generation of solar power. Raj Kumar Singh, Minister for New and Renewable Energy says the government will achieve its targets comfortably. In the year 2017-18, we established 9,900 MW of solar power, he says.

But there is a constant din of slogans. House is adjourned till 11.25 a.m.

After initial enthusiasm, the Opposition is now staring at imminent defeat with the Biju Janata Dal likely to help NDA nominee Mr. Singh sail through. The post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman has been lying vacant since the retirement of P.J. Kurien on July 1.

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