New Delhi, Aug 7: An interesting election to the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha would take place on Thursday at 11 am. The BJP led NDA, would hope to win the poll. However if one looks at the numbers today, the NDA is falling short by 32. With one seat, vacant in the 245 member House, the magic number is 122. The NDA has 90 while the opposition 112. In this scenario, it is the 42 undecided candidates who would make all the difference.
The most likely candidate that the NDA would field is Harivansh, a Rajya Sabha member fro the JD(U). A former journalist and editor of Prabhat Bhabar, a regional newspaper with a huge circulation in Bihar and Jharkhand, he could well end up also becoming a consensus candidate.
A top BJP source said that the fielding of Harivansh would ensure that the undecided votes come in its favour. We are confident that some from within the opposition would also vote for our candidate. The idea was to field an NDA and not a BJP candidate, the source also told OneIndia.
The decision was carefully made and the idea was to field a candidate to who would be accepted to many, especially those who are undecided. Many who did not vote for us in the PAC election will be with us during the RS, deputy chairman election, the source further added.
He further said that with the candidature of Harivansh, parties such as the AIADMK and BJD would support the NDA. If both the BJD and AIADMK with 9 and 13 members support Harivansh, then the NDA with 122 votes would just scrape through. However the source says that the NDA would get the support of more parties which would place it well above the half way mark. For instance, the NDA is confident of the support of the TRS, which has 6 members. Parties such as the YSRCP and the Shiv Sena with 2 and 3 members respectively will also back the NDA, he said. In case all these parties decide to back Harivansh, then the NDA's tally goes up to 133, which is well above the magic mark of 122.
The source however added that there is a good chance of Harivansh becoming a consensus candidate. I do not see a tough fight in the election. In case there is no consensus candidate, then I expect that there would be a token fight on Thursday, he also added.