Know all about Harivansh Narayan Singh, newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

Harivansh Narayan Singh was first given a seat in the Rajya Sabha by Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal United in 2014, the tenure of which will end in 2020. 

Published: 09th August 2018 12:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2018 01:56 PM   |  A+A-


NDA nominee and JD(U) MPHarivansh Narayan Singh has been elected as the new Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on 9 August 2018. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/EPS)

By Online Desk

NDA candidate and JD(U) MP Harivansh Narayan Singh was today elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, defeating opposition's B K Hariprasad. While Harivansh Narayan Singh got 125 votes, Hariprasad got 105. Here are a few things to know about the newly elected deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha:

  • Hailing from Sitab Diara village in Saran district of Bihar, the newly elected deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha, Harivansh Narayan Singh, was born on June 30, 1956. 

  • He has long associated himself with social reformer and activist Jayaprakash Narayan during his college days. Singh also participated actively in the JP movement of 1974.

  • He completed his postgraduation in Economics from Banaras Hindu University and embarked upon a career in journalism with Hindi weekly Dharmyug in the 1980s.

  • Singh went on to become an officer with Bank of India, which he later left to follow his passion for journalism.

  • He joined Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar in Ranchi in 1989 and rose to become its editor-in-chief. 

  • He was first given a seat in the Rajya Sabha by Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United (JDU) in 2014, the tenure of which will end in 2020. 

  • Prior to his being elected to the Upper House, Singh was also chosen as a media adviser by former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar in 1990.


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