Congress to contest RS deputy chairman's post; government calls for consensus

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NEW DELHI: The Congress has decided to field its nominee as a joint opposition candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman after the other parties that have joined hands against the BJP chose not to nominate their candidate.

With the deadline for filing nominations ending on Wednesday, the government today reached out to the rival camp in a hope of building consensus on NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh, who is from the JD(U).

At the same time, the BJP along with its allies was also trying to secure support of neutral parties like the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the event of an election. Janata Dal (U) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar spoke to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik seeking the BJD’s support for his party candidate.

Leaders of a number of opposition parties today met twice after which they decided to put up a united fight for the post.

Various opposition parties were asked to discuss the issue with their leadership and propose a candidate…

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