P K Deb elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed from Odisha

The by-election was necessitated as Bishnu Charan Das had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in March.

Published: 18th May 2017 06:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2017 06:41 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

BHUBANESWAR: BJD leader Pratap Keshari Deb was today elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Odisha.

Odisha Assembly secretary A K Sarangi, who was the returning officer for the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat, announced Deb's election to the upper house.

The by-election was necessitated as Bishnu Charan Das had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in March. The opposition Congress and the BJP had not fielded any candidate for the by-poll.

"I will raise issues relating to Odisha's interest in the Rajya Sabha. I am grateful to party president Naveen Patnaik for sending me to the upper house of Parliament," Deb told reporters later.

Deb was a spokesman of the ruling BJD and the chairman of the Odisha state housing board till he filed his nomination for the by-poll on May 15.

He was earlier a minister of state for food supplies and consumer welfare in the previous BJD government. Deb had won the assembly elections thrice in a row in 2000, 2004 and 2009 from Aul seat.

He had, however, lost the 2014 assembly election to Congress candidate Debendra Sharma.

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