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Vandana Chavan likely to be Oppn candidate for RS Dy Chairperson post

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

NCP's is likely to be the Opposition candidate in the election for the post of of but a final decision would be made after another round of meeting of the parties this evening.

After a second round of meeting today, the Opposition concluded that would be able to get the support of all opposition parties and even a few of NDA allies.

"Though we would again meet but it's almost finalised that of NCP would be the Opposition candidate," a said.

Most opposition parties raised no objection on Chavan's name during the meeting but they have left room for any possible last-minute change.

Chavan, whose name was proposed by and seconded by Derek O'Brien, received every opposition party's support, including the

Congress, the largest opposition party with 50 seats in the upper house, feels its candidate may face strong resistance from some parties such as the TDP, which has decided to side with the on this matter.

has said they are not putting up any candidate for this election and have expressed support for a consensus candidate from within the

According to senior opposition leaders, they felt during the meeting that an NCP candidate from will be able to get the support of Shiv Sena, an NDA ally.

Opposition parties are also in touch with BJD, which has not opened its cards yet.

But it appears that the ruling party in Odisha is in no mood to be seen siding with any camp. "Because of assembly elections in Odisha next year, BJD may abstain or be absent during voting," the said.

The believes the NCP would try to convince another NDA ally - the - to vote for Chavan.

"is not very pleased with NDA. They have good relations with NCP. If they vote for Chavan, it will certainly not be very easy for NDA," the leader said.

At present, both the camps are trying hard to get the numbers required to get their candidates elected to the post.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 16:25 IST
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