NDA candidate and JD(U) member Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, defeating opposition candidate B K Hariprasad on 09 August 2018 . Rajya Sabha Chairman Shri M Venkaiah Naidu initiated the process of the election by calling for division of votes in the House.
While Harivansh Narayan Singh secured 125 votes, Hariprasad got 105. The post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman has been lying vacant since the retirement of P J Kurien on 01 July. After the election Shri Harivansh thanked the Members for electing him. He promised that he will fulfill his duties to the best of his abilities. Leader of the House Shri Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri Ananth Kumar escort Shri Harivansh to his seat next to Leader of the Opposition Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Shri M Venkaiah Naidu then invited Shri Harivansh to preside over the House.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his speech congratulated Shri Harivansh for his victory. The PM said Shri Harivansh, who was a journalist, has worked with many scions. Leader of the House Shri Arun Jaitley attended the proceedings and said Shri Harivansh, whenever spoke about anything, did complete research on the subject.