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Oppn to finalise strategy, candidate for RS dy chairman election tmrw

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Determined to contest the election for the post of on Thursday, opposition parties are likely to finalise their strategy and decide the name of their candidate tomorrow, sources said.

A meeting of the opposition parties was held today, during which they discussed the strategy to get the required numbers to defeat the NDA candidate, a source said, but added that no Opposition candidate's name was finalised there.

"We have decided every party would discuss the names with their respective party heads and then have a final round of talk tomorrow to finalise our All opposition parties have also decided to talk to other independent members and a few of non-UPA, non-NDA allies," a senior opposition told PTI.

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

TDP, which walked out of the BJP-led in March, was also a part of the Opposition meeting today.

C M Ramesh of the TDP, who won election in Rajya Sabha, attended the meet.

The opposition parties are in touch with the BJD, which has not yet specified its stand for the upcoming election, the sources said.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced today that the election for the deputy chairman's post will be held at 11 AM on August 9.

Senior Ahmed Patel, Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's Tiruchi Siva, Bahujan Samaj Party's Satish Chandra Mishra, NCP's Praful Patel, CPI's D Raja, TMC's Derek O'Brien, RJD's and CPI(M)'s T K Rangarajan also attended the meeting in the chamber of of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad in Parliament House.

JD(U) Rajya Sabha is expected to be the NDA candidate.

Naidu had suggested that the should be elected by consensus. However, as of now it appears an election would take place for the post with the opposition likely to field its candidate as well, the sources said.

The nomination papers will have to be filed before noon on Wednesday.

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

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 20:45 IST