Another tough fight between the opposition and the government may be on the horizon come this monsoon session of Parliament. As the opposition parties are gearing up to field candidate for the position of Rajya Sabha’s deputy chief.
As per reports, the united opposition wants to show-off it’s power by making their person the Deputy chief of the higher house. Further the reports suggests that the opposition candidate may be a person handpicked by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
According to the reports, Mamata Banerjee has suggested the name of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy for the post. Albeit TMC leader Derek O’Brien has rejected all the reports saying, “There is no decision on any Opposition candidate. We have not put up any name. The united Opposition will come up with a name.”
The BJP however is also keen on winning the position and take it away from the opposition. The Congress’ PJ Kurien was Deputy Chairperson since 2012. The Congress has 51 seats in the 245-member House. The party, however, realises that to ensure a non-BJP victory, it needs Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on board. Both these parties are reportedly okay to backing Mamata’s candidate for the role.
The last time an election took place for the Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson’s post was in 1992. The fight was between Congress candidate Najma Heptullah, who is now with the BJP, and Renuka Chowdhary, who was the Opposition candidate.