Report by Suchismita Sahoo; Bhubaneswar: Odisha political parties likely to nominate former Indian diplomat, the Foreign Secretary of India Dr. Lalit Mansingh for Rajya Sabha.
Due to horse trading charges in 2010 Rajya Sabha poll, now all political parties considering to forge consensus to send a non-political icon from the state to Rajya Sabha. Sources says ruling BJD and opposition Congress, BJP considering name of Dr. Lalit Mansingh for Rajya Sabha. Mr Manshigh, it may be noted that he is the son of late Dr Mayadhar Manshingh, a very famous writer and poet.
It should be noted that election will be held for 3 Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha whose representatives complete their term next month. The last date for filing of nominations is March 19 and scrutiny scheduled for March 20. March 22 is the last day for withdrawal of candidatures. Polling would be held on March 30.
The ruling BJD like in the last Rajya Sabha election has the numbers to win two seats while all the political parties have started hectic calculations for the third seat. As Independents will determine the fate of the third candidate, now three main political parties considering to file a neutral candidate for the third seat. Senior BJD leader Pyari Mohan Mohapatra has offered an olive branch to the Opposition to back an eminent non-political personality.
In this case political analysts say Dr. Lalit Mansingh is the suitable and practical candidate for all.The party leaders within the BJD who are pressing for a upper house nomination for Mr Mansingh, feel that if the regional outfit managed to send the career diplomat to Rajya Sabha, then the party’s credibility and image at the national level would go up further.
Dr. Lalit Mansingh is the former Indian diplomat, the Foreign Secretary of India, 1999–2000, and Indian Ambassador to the United States on March 15, 2001. Prior to this he had remained Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Lalit Mansingh has remained a lecturer in the Post-Graduate Department of Political Science, Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.] He joined Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, in June, 1963. He became High Commissioner to Nigeria (1993–95) and Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1980–83) and in Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Benin, Chad and Cameroon. Apart from that he also served in various diplomatic capacities in Geneva, Afghanistan and Belgium.
Presently he is in the Executive Committee of Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, a defence, foreign policy and security studies think tank in India, Professor Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of India.