Union Health and Family Welfare minister Jagat Prakash Nadda was on Thursday re-elected to Rajya Sabha for the second term from Himachal Pradesh.
He was declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha seat as Congress party, which has a strength of 21 in the 68 member House, had not put up any candidate.
Even otherwise, victory of Bharatiya Janata Party for this Rajya Sabha election was a foregone conclusion as the party has 44 members in the Assembly this time.
Nadda received the certificate of nomination from Electoral Returning Officer at HP Assembly in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Speaker of HP Assembly, Dr Rajeev Bindal and state BJP Chief, Satpal Singh Satti. Nadda’s tenure in Rajya Sabha was going to end on 2 April, 2018.
Other two members of the Rajya Sabha from HP are Congress leaders, Viplove Thakur and Anand Sharma. Nadda had shifted to Central politics early this decade, leaving his ministerial berth in the then BJP government in HP.
“I will continue doing whatever, best I can do for my home state being a Central minister,” said Nadda after his election.
The party workers were present in large numbers in Shimla to congratulate Nadda after his re-election to Rajya Sabha.