According to a release issued by the Chief Minister's office, Kumar accorded a warm welcome to Harivansh and presented him with a bouquet.
Known to be close to Kumar since the days when he was the editor of Hindi daily "Prabhat Khabar", Harivansh got elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2014 as a candidate of the Janata Dal (United) which is headed by the Chief Minister.
He got elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Upper House earlier this week, with support from all parties within the BJP-led NDA as also outfits like the TRS and the BJD which were not part of the alliance.
Kumar had played an important role in ensuring victory of Harivansh by dialling his Odisha, Telangana and Delhi counterparts Naveen Patnaik, K Chandrasekhar Rao and Arvind Kejriwal respectively to mobilise their parties support.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)