Naveen gets call from Modi seeking support for NDA candidate

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Bhubaneswar: While the BJD vote is going to play crucial in the upcoming Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election on August 9, a phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has fueled political rumours.

The BJD today informed media that Naveen had a call from Modi seeking support for NDA candidate for the post of the Deputy Chairman in the upper house.

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday spoke to Naveen over phone seeking the BJD’s support for NDA candidate Harivansh Naryan Singh for the post.

Later, BJP president Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh telephoned Patnaik seeking his support for the NDA candidate.

However, the BJD has said that Naveen Patnaik would take a final call in this regard.

Currently, there are 244 members in the Rajya Sabha and support of 123 members is needed for a win in the full House.

The BJD has nine members in the Upper House. Win for the NDA candidate would be a certainty if the BJD supports him.

The Deputy Chairman post of Rajya Sabha has remained vacant after PJ Kurien retired on June 30.

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