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:

  1. 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.
  2. Hrivansh was influenced by the socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan (JP), in his college days. Harivansh even took part in the JP Movement of 1974.
  3. He joined Times of India as a trainee journalist in 1977, but made a move to Mumbai in 1981, to work in ‘Dharmyug’ magazine.
  4. He started his first job with a salary of Rs 500 per month.
  5. Harivansh is a three-term Rajya Sabha MP and general secretary in-charge of JD(U)’s Odisha unit.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. In 2014, he was nominated for Rajya Sabha by the JD(U) under Nitish Kumar.
  9. He is a soft-spoken person.
  10. “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.