The former Indian ambassador in Bhutan, Verma, was cultural advisor to former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who is believed to have given his consent on former diplomat’s entry into the Upper House of the Parliament.

A 1976 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Verma is a resident of Allahabad. The noted diplomat has penned a number of books including ‘Ghalib: The Man, The Times’, ‘The great Indian Middle Class’ and ‘Haveli of Old Delhi’. He was bestowed civilian award 'The Druk Thuksey' by the King of Bhutan in December 2012.

The election to Upper House is necessitated in Bihar as Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Ram Kripal Yadav of BJP made it to the 16th Lok Sabha.

Apart from Verma, Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav and party leader Shakuni Chaudhary are among the probable for Upper House.

Earlier, there were reports that Kumar may move to Rajya Sabha but he will stay rooted to Bihar for the assembly polls due in 2015. Last month, he was appointed Head of the Committee on Petition in the state Legislative Council.

As per the Representation of the People Act, notification for all three seats will be issued separately.


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