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Nitish reaches out to Telangana CM as RS Dy Chairman poll heats up

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

JD(U) today reached out to Telangana K Chandrashekar Rao, requesting the support of TRS for his party lawmaker and NDA candidate in the election to the post of of

The rang up the this morning and made the request, according to Rao's office.

Rao told him he would discuss the issue with his party colleagues and take a final decision, it said.

Kumar's call comes as the NDA and the Opposition appeared to be heading for a showdown in the election. The Opposition has given a clear indication that it will contest the August 9 election.

In the upper house, the BJP-led ruling alliance lacks a majority.

According to Opposition sources, Tiruchi Siva of DMK, of NCP and nominated member K T S Tulsi are front-runners for the post.

The support of regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and YSR are crucial in the poll.

The post of the has been lying vacant since June this year, following the retirement of P J Kurien, who had been elected to the upper house of Parliament on a ticket from

The current strength of is 244 and support of 123 members would be needed for a win in the full house.

The is the largest party in the house with 73 members. Its allies JD(U), Shiv Sena, Akali Dal have six, three and three members, respectively.

Besides the nominated and independent members affiliated to it, the is banking on the support of 13, nine, six and two members of the AIADMK, BJD, TRS, YSR respectively, its floor managers said.

If all four parties support the NDA candidate, then the numbers add up to 126.

However, if parties like BJD or TRS abstain from voting, then things will become more precarious for the ruling alliance.

Both these parties had abstained during a vote on the recent motion of no-confidence against the government in the while the had voted with the treasury benches.

The is hoping to get support of four of the six independent members and three of the four nominated members.

The Congress has 50 members.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 11:55 IST
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