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Parliament to miss former PM Manmohan Singh as his decades-long RS term ends

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(India), June 15 (ANI): Former Manmohan Singh, also a renowned economist, will be missed in the upcoming Budget session of the Parliament as his nearly 30-year-long tenure as a member ended on Friday.

Singh, who is credited with keeping away from the great recession of 2008, would not be present in the for the first time since his first election from in 1991 as he could not make up to the Parliament' upper House due to Congress' poor strength in the state Assembly.

could not get him re-elected from as it has only 25 MLAs as against 43 first-preference votes needed. The grand old party would have fallen short of five MLAs had it even got the support of 13 legislators of All United Democratic Front.

The party even cannot send Singh from other states where seats are vacant. With the election of BJP's Kamakhya and AGP's Birender Prasad Baishya's unopposed election from Assam, a total of nine seats are lying vacant in Odisha (4), (1), (2) and (2).

does not have required numbers to secure any Rajya Sabha berths in these states except where it is eyeing to grab at least one seat.

Although Singh can be sent to the House from Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, or Punjab, there are no immediate vacancies in these states. The party has the ultimate option to make any other resign and get him elected from that seat in order to keep the two-time former in the House. However, party sources maintain that it has not been considered in the party.

During his tenure as Rajya Sabha for 28 years, he led the upper House for 10 years from 2004 to 2014 and acted as the of the Opposition for six years. Singh was last elected to the House in 2013.

Parliament's first Budget session after the constitution of the new government at Centre is scheduled to start on June 17.

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First Published: Sat, June 15 2019. 02:02 IST