Harivansh Nararyan Singh: Before politics, he was a journalist and banker

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 09, 2018, 02:29 PM(IST)

Harivansh Narayan Singh. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

The JD(U)'s Harivansh Narayan Singh was on Thursday elected deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha. He was the NDA's candidate, and beat the opposition candidate BK Hariprasad by 125 to 105 votes. 

The election had assumed much significan, because it was being seen as a test of the opposition's unity before the 2019 general elections. Prime Minister Modi and BJP President Amit Shah had reportedly worked the phone lines themselves to ensure Singh pipped the Congress' Hariprasad. 

In the end the win turned out to be easy. 

Harivansh Narayan Singh was born on June 30, 1956 in UP's Ballia district. 

He graduated from Banaras Hindu University with a diploma in journalism.

In 1977, he started working with the Hindi weekly Dharmyug. But a few years later, he took the banking services exam and joined Bank of India in Hyderabad as an Official Language Officer. 

In 1981, he shifted to Patna.

Singh had, in the 70's, been greatly influenced by the socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan. Narayan too had been born in Ballia. 

Singh returned to journalism in 1984 as an assistant editor with a weekly magazine published by Ananda Bazaar Patrika. He stayed until 1988.

In 1989, he joined Prabhat Khabar in Ranchi and rose to become its editor-in-chief. 

He quit the daily after becoming a Rajya Sabha member in 2014.

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