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Published in the 1-15 Aug 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Rahman Khan is RS deputy chairperson

New Delhi: Chartered Accountant-turned-educationist K Rahman Khan of the Congress was on July 22 unanimously elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha after Shiv Sena's Eknath Thakur withdrew his symbolic candidature which was announced by Shiv Sena in protest because it was not consulted on the issue. 

Fifty-five-year old Khan's name was proposed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad along with 12 other sets of proposals, including one from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 

Khan, who was minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers in the Manmohan Singh government, replaces Najma Heptulla, who served as Deputy Chairperson for two terms. Heptulla had quit Congress to join the BJP recently and was critical of Congress president Sonia Gandhi during the Lok Sabha elections. 

An experienced parliamentarian, Khan has contributed immensely not only to the deliberations of various committees he had served but also to the proceedings of the House. “I hardly recollect any instance during the last two years, that I have been here when Mr Khan lost his cool even when the House was in turmoil. This equanimity of mind, I am sure, will help in carrying all sections of the House,” said Vice President BS Shekhawat, who is ex officio chairman of Rajya Sabha, congratulating the new Deputy Chairman.

Mr Khan, a senior Congress leader from Karnataka, has earlier served as chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council.

“It is our responsibility to see that our Parliament represents the will of the people and be a model to developing countries and democracies. I will feel myself fortunate if I could contribute for strengthening democratic institutions,” Mr Khan said.

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