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RS dy-chairman election: BJD to support NDA candidate

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Biju president and Chief Minister today said his party will support the NDA candidate in the election to the post of tomorrow.

had spoken to me and our party will support the JD(U) candidate in the Rajya Sabha's election, Patnaik told reporters on his return from

The BJD will support the JD(U) since the two parties have emerged from the movement, while the candidate was the AICC in-charge of and vitriolic in his statements against the BJD, Patnaik said.

The BJD believes that there should be unanimity when it comes to constitutional posts, such as of Rajya Sabha, Patnaik, adding his party waited for a unanimous decision to emerge, but it did not happen.

Patnaik also informed that a number of political leaders including and Amit Shah, had spoken to him in this regard.

A keen contest is on the cards tomorrow between NDA nominee and joint opposition candidate B K Hariprasad for the post of Deputy Chairman,

The numbers, however, appear stacked in favour of the ruling coalition which claims the support of 126 members in the Upper House, which has an effective strength of 244 MPs.

While is a first-time of the JD-U, Hariprasad is a three-time parliamentarian of the

The BJD has nine MPs in the

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 00:20 IST