NCP's Vandana Chavan is likely to be the Opposition candidate in the election for the post of Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha 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 Chavan would be able to get the support of all opposition parties and even a few of NDA allies.
Most opposition parties raised no objection on Chavan's name during the meeting but they have left room for any possible last-minute change.
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 Opposition camp on this matter.
According to senior opposition leaders, they felt during the meeting that an NCP candidate from Maharashtra 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 senior opposition leader said.
"SAD 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.
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