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SAD may abstain from RS deputy chairman election

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Shiromani Akali Dal, an ally of the BJP, may abstain from the election to the post of the of the on Thursday, sources said today.

The decision was taken at a meeting of leaders at the residence of its here.

The party has three lawmakers in the upper house, including Naresh Gujral, whose name was also in contention.

The BJP-led NDA lacks majority in the

Earlier today, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced in the House that the election will be held at 11 am on August 9.

He also suggested that the should be elected by consensus. The nomination papers will have to be filed before noon on August 8.

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

While the BJP-led NDA did not make any formal announcement, sources said Harivansh, a first-time parliamentarian, is likely to be their choice for the post.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 22:05 IST