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P K Deb elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed from Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

BJD leader Pratap Keshari Deb was today elected unopposed to the from

Assembly secretary A K Sarangi, who was the returning officer for the to the lone seat, announced Deb's to the upper house.

The by-was necessitated as Bishnu Charan Das had resigned from the in March. The opposition and the had not fielded any candidate for the by-poll.

"I will raise issues relating to Odisha's interest in the Rajya Sabha. I am grateful to party president for sending me to the upper house of Parliament," Deb told reporters later.

Deb was a spokesman of the ruling BJD and the chairman of the state housing board till he filed his nomination for the by-poll on May 15.

He was earlier a minister of state for food supplies and consumer welfare in the previous BJD Deb had won the assembly elections thrice in a row in 2000, 2004 and 2009 from Aul seat.

He had, however, lost the 2014 assembly election to candidate Debendra Sharma.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 18:22 IST