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RS Dy-chairman election: Nitish, Shah, Rajnath, Pawar call Naveen for BJD's support

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

today received calls from leaders across the political spectrum for his party's support in the election to the post of deputy chairman, with the callers including Amit Shah, NCP's and of JD(U).

The leaders telephoned Patnaik. The is in for a meeting with captains of the industry tomorrow, BJD sources said.

JD(U) was the first to call Patnaik seeking the BJD's support for his party candidate in the election to the post, a said.

Biju (BJD) said Patnaik, the BJD president, will take a decision on the party's stand in the matter tomorrow.

"Apart from Kumar, Amit Shah, and called Patnaik seeking the BJD's support for the August 9 elections," Patra said.

Sources said Pawar has requested Patnaik to support the opposition's candidate in polls.

The of the will be elected on August 9.

BJD has nine members in the Support of the in the ensuing poll would be crucial as neither the NDA nor the UPA have clear majority in the of the Parliament.

The current strength of the Rajya Sabha is 244 and support of 123 members is required for a candidate to win the polls.

The BJD, headed by Patnaik, has been claiming that the regional party maintained equal distance from both the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA.

"BJD's nine votes is considered as crucial for both the fronts," a senior party leader, adding that Patnaik would take the final decision tomorrow in this regard.

Recently, Shah had praised BJD for its support in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue. The BJD was the only political party other than the BJP which had supported the NRC.

Earlier, the BJD had also supported the NDA during the presidential elections, demonetisation, GST and other issues.

The post of the deputy chairman, Rajya Sabha, is lying vacant since July after retirement of PJ Kurien.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 22:30 IST