New Delhi, Aug 9: The NDA appears to be completely united ahead of the elections to the post of deputy chairman, Rajya Sabha. The list of notices suggest that the NDA the NDA has put its complete weight behind the JD(U)'s Harivansh.
The list of notices suggest that these parties are backing the NDA candidate:
- Bharatiya Janata Party
- Janata Dal (United)
- Republican Party of India (RPI)
- Shiv Sena
- Akali Dal
- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)
- The TRS and the BJD too are most likely to back the NDA in this election.
On the other side, both the AAP and Trinamool Congress are missing from the list of notice backing B K Hariprasad of the Congress. However the TMC's Derel O' Brein has said that his party would throw its weight behind Hariprasad.
The AAP appears to be clearly upset and complained that it had not been approached by the Congress. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, if they call and ask for our support, we will back the Congress. It is meaningless to vote compulsively, if they don't need it. If Rahul Gandhi can hug Narendra Modi, why can't he ask Arvind Kejriwal for support, he also said.
It is however yet to be seen if the four DMK MPs would be present during the voting. The
MPs had rushed to Chennai following the demise of M Karunanidhi. The opposition expects at least 3 of them would return to Delhi to vote. The YSRCP is most likely to abstain. It may not back the Congress, especially in an open ballot voting.
The TDP on the other hand has made it clear that it would back the Congress candidate.