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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 9, 2018, congratulated Harivansh on his election as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Speaking in the Upper House, shortly after the election, the Prime Minister also expressed happiness that the Leader of the House Arun Jaitley is back in the House after recovering from illness.

The Prime Minister said, ” We are marking the anniversary of the Quit India Movement today.  Harivansh ji hails from Ballia, a land which has been linked with the freedom struggle, right from the 1857 war of independence.” The Prime Minister added that Harivansh has been inspired by Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan.

The Prime Minister recalled that Harivansh ji had also worked with former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar ji. The Prime Minister said that working closely with Chandra Shekhar ji, Harivansh ji knew in advance that Chandra Shekhar ji would resign. However, he did not let his own newspaper have access to this news, the Prime Minister observed adding that this shows his commitment to ethics and public service, according to a PIB release. He said that Harivansh ji is well read and has written a lot. The PM added that Harivansh ji has served society for years.

PM Modi also congratulated B K Hariprasad, Congress, for being a part of the election for Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. He thanked the Chairman and all the members for the smooth conduct of the election.


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