Union Ministers Ananth Kumar, Piyush Goyal, Vijay Goel along with leaders of the Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and other constituents of the NDA were present when Harivansh Singh filed his nomination before Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma.
BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U President Nitish Kumar on Tuesday spoke with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik separately and sought his Biju Janata Dal’s support for Harivansh Singh.
The BJD has not yet decided whom to support while the TRS has made it clear that it will vote against the NDA.
The election is likely to be a close affair as the opposition bloc has an edge over the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance in terms of numbers.
The post of the Deputy Chairman fell vacant after P.J. Kurien retired in July.
The election will be held a day before the conclusion of the monsoon session of Parliament.
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