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V-P Polls: Venkaiah Naidu Will be my Chairman Now, Says Kurien in Rajya Sabha

Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against Opposition nominee Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The polling will take place on Saturday and the results are expected in the evening.

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Updated:August 4, 2017, 10:34 PM IST
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V-P Polls: Venkaiah Naidu Will be my Chairman Now, Says Kurien in Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha Deputy Speaker PJ Kurien appeared confident NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu would emerge victorious. (File photo: PTI)
New Delhi: On the eve of the vice-presidential polls, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien on Friday appeared confident that NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu would emerge victorious.

This became clear during the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. "He (Venkaiah) is going to be my Chairman," Kurien quipped. The Vice President of India is also the Chairman of the Upper House.

Kurien's comment came after Congress member Jairam Ramesh remarked to Kurien in a lighter vein: "You are getting Venkaiah Naidu's skills now".

This all happened when Ramesh, during the session meant for private member's business, raised a point of order. "I hope the Treasury benches will allow the private members' bills to continue," Ramesh said.

During the proceedings, Kurien took objection to the remarks (which were expunged later) made by the Congress member and said: "This is an allegation you are making."

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objected to Ramesh's comments, saying this type of allegation is not good.

Then the Deputy Chairman again told Ramesh: "It is an allegation which is a figment of imagination. Isn't it?" This is when Ramesh told Kurien in a lighter vein: "You are getting Venkaiah Naidu's skills now."

When Kurien said Naidu "is going to be my Chairman", Congress member Pramod Tewari objected, asking, "How can you say before election. Election has to take place."

Realising this, Kurien said, "Oh sorry that is correct. Then I can say I expect."

Naidu is pitted against Gopal Krishna Gandhi of the Opposition UPA in the polls in which the elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha constitute the Electoral College. The polling will take place on Saturday and the results are expected the same evening.
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