Manorama Dobriyal Sharma, a senior Congress leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha nominee became the first woman Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand on Thursday.
As expected she was declared unopposed winner by the Rajya Sabha electoral officer and state legislative assembly secretary after the deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers ended on Thursday.
Electoral officer Jagdeesh Chandra handed over the certificate of being elected a Rajya Sabha member to Sharma, 58, at 3 pm as soon as the deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers was over. According to Chandra, the election could not have been prolonged till voting day on November 20 as there was no opponent in the race for the lone RS seat which became vacant after BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari resigned in July after he was elected to the Lok Sabha in the general elections.
The main opposition party, BJP, initially tried to field a candidate against Sharma but opted out in the end for want of numbers in the house.
After being declared elected as RS member, Sharma said that her responsibility towards the people Uttarakhand has increased and she will see that issues of hill state are taken up in the council of states.
“I will also advocate 33% reservation for women in the Rajya Sabha. Besides this, we have to take up funding issues in a more organised and effective way,” claimed Sharma. She added that her election to the upper house is a step towards empowering women in the state.
“Being a common Congress worker, my election has emboldened grassroot party workers in general and women in particular. They have an equal chance of becoming MPs or going higher up in politics,” said Sharma.