The Congress could not succeed in getting Manmohan Singh re-elected from Assam. It has only 25 MLAs in the State Assembly as against the 43 first-preference votes needed. The Congress has fallen short of five MLAs although 13 legislators of the All India United Democratic Front supported it.
The grand old party cannot send Singh from other states either where Rajya Sabha seats are vacant.
BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and the AGP’s Birender Prasad Baishya got elected unopposed from Assam. A total of nine seats are lying vacant: Odisha (4), Tamil Nadu (1), Bihar (2) and Gujarat (2).
The Congress does not have the required numbers to secure any Rajya Sabha berth in these States. However, the party has a chance to get seats in Gujarat.
Congress can send Singh to the House from Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan or Punjab, but there are no immediate vacancies in these States.
The party has an option to make some leader resign and get Singh elected from that seat.
Singh won the election to the Upper House for the first time from Assam in 1991.
The Rajya Sabha will miss Manmohan Singh in the upcoming Budget session of Parliament.
Manmohan in Rajya Sabha
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could not make it to the Parliament’s Upper House this time because of Congress’s has poor strength in the Assam Assembly.
During his tenure as Rajya Sabha MP for 28 years, Singh led the Upper House for 10 years from 2004 to 2014.
Singh acted as the Leader of the Opposition for six years. He was last elected to the House in 2013.
Parliament’s first Budget session after the constitution of the newly elected government at Centre is scheduled to start on 17 June.
As FM, PM
Singh has played a vital role in the field of economy in India. After the then Prime Minister (1991-96) PV Narasimha Rao, he is regarded as an architect of India’s liberalisation and globalisation programmes.
However, the tenure of Manmohan Singh as the prime minister in the period 2004-14 saw the economy first booming, thanks to the lag effect after the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government’s reforms, and then never recovering after the 2008 slowdown, as the dispensation he headed was hit by news of one corruption scandal after another.
Manmohan Singh is, however, credited with not letting the Indian economy recede due to the 2008 US subprime crisis.