Harivansh Narayan Singh, a JD(U) MP and the NDA nominee for the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson, on Thursday won the election for the Number 2 post in the Upper House.
Harivansh got 125 votes against the opposition’s candidate BK Hariprasad, a Congress leader, who managed to garner only 105 votes.
Let’s trace his journey in 10 points:
- Harivansh was born on June 30, 1956, in Uttar Pradesh’s Balia. Coming from a middle-class family, he is a post-graduate in Economics from Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Harivansh also did a PG diploma in journalism from the same university.
- Hrivansh was influenced by the socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan (JP), in his college days. Harivansh even took part in the JP Movement of 1974.
- He joined Times of India as a trainee journalist in 1977, but made a move to Mumbai in 1981, to work in ‘Dharmyug’ magazine.
- He started his first job with a salary of Rs 500 per month.
- Harivansh is a three-term Rajya Sabha MP and general secretary in-charge of JD(U)’s Odisha unit.
- Harivansh worked with Bank of India from 1981 to 1984. After which, he worked as an assistant editor of Amrit Bazar Patrika’s Magazine ‘Ravivar’ and worked there will 1989.
- Later, he joined Usha Martin group’s struggling newspaper – Prabhat Khabar in Ranchi and worked as the editor of the newspaper for 25 years. Subsequently, Harivansh launched new editions of the newspaper in Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
- In 2014, he was nominated for Rajya Sabha by the JD(U) under Nitish Kumar.
- He is a soft-spoken person.
- “I got the Rajya Sabha nomination form for Rs 10,000. The amount was refunded after I was elected unopposed. I didn’t spend a penny to reach Rajya Sabha…as a journalist, the whole experience has had a certain impact on me,” Harivansh wrote in one of his columns after being elected as Rajya Sabha member unopposed.