FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, March 22: The Aruchal Pradesh Assembly today elected BJP MLA Tumke Bagra as the deputy speaker. The seat of the deputy speaker fall vacant after T Norbu Thondok resigned from the post on March 4 last, a day before he sworn in as a cabinet minister in the Kalikho Pul-led PPA government. Assembly Speaker Wangki Lowang informed the house that Bagra was the lone candidate to file nomition for the post. The me of Bagra was proposed and seconded by his party MLAs Tage Taki and Tamar Murtem respectively. Congratulating Bagra for his new assignment, Lowang exuded confidence in him by saying that he would conduct the business of the house smoothly with vast experience as a technocrat and bureaucrat during his service period.
Bagra who represents Aalo West constituency in West Siang district, served as chief engineer of PHED and later as secretary power before entering electoral politics.
Congratulating Bagra, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul hoped that with vast knowledge and experience, he would run the business of the house more efficiently without any discrimition to the members irrespective of party affiliations.
“The assembly is a place where important policies and programmes of the government are discussed. The speaker and the deputy speaker should keep the tradition of the house intact,” Pul said adding, irrespective of party affiliations, every members of the house should get equal opportunity.
While Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) Chow Mein termed Bagra as a tough former technocrat and bureaucrat, another DCM Kameng Dolo exuded confidence in Bagra.
BJP member Japu Deru, Education Minister Wanglin Lowangdong, Tage Taki (BJP), Power Minister T Norbu Thongdok, Tamar Murtem (BJP) and Dr Mahesh Chai (BJP) also congratulated Bagra.
Later in his address, the deputy speaker while appreciating the PPA government for paving way for his election to the post despite being a member of different political party assured his best to keep the tradition of the house alive within his limitation.
“I assured all the members to discharge my duties to best of my ability within the ambit of the Constitution,” Bagra said and added that last time he too file nomition for the post but had to withdrawn as it was not honoured by the bam Tuki government.