Union minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday congratulated Harivansh Narayan Singh on being elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
“Our best wishes to him for the new assignment,” he said.
After three months, Jaitley arrived in parliament on Thursday for his first appearance in the Monsoon session. He stopped attending office in April for a renal transplant on May 14.
Securing 125 votes, ruling NDA candidate and JD(U) member Singh was elected as the Deputy Chairman. His opponent, BK Hariprasad got 105 votes.
The post of the deputy chairman for the Upper House was lying unoccupied since the retirement of P J Kurien on July 1.
On his part, Singh said that people have great hopes from Parliamentarians and they should lead by example. He urged them to follow Gandhian principles.
Journalist-turned-politician Singh added that the country has different culture, traditions and under such circumstances the thinking has to be different.