From Our Correspondent
Itagar, March 7: The Aruchal Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday unimously elected technocrat cum bureaucrat turned politician Tumke Bagra as the Deputy Speaker for the second term. Senior BJP member Jarkar Gamlin moved the motion for election of the deputy speaker which was seconded by Phosum Khimhun. There was only a single nomition filed for the post. Bagra, a BJP MLA representing Aalo West constituency was elected deputy speaker for a short stint on March 22 last year during the Kalikho Pul-led PPA government but had to relinquish the post on July 12 last year after the Supreme Court reinstated the bam Tuki government in this politically fragile state. Born on March 1, 1955, Bagra hails from Lipu Bagra village in West Siang district. He did his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil from Assam Engineering College, Guwahati and became the chief engineer of PHE department and later served as the secretary of the same department before being retired on February 28, 2013. He won from the Aalo West constituency in 2014 under BJP ticket.
Assembly Speaker T Norbu Thongdok while congratulating Bagra for electing as the deputy speaker said, “I am lucky to have you as my deputy and am confident that with your vast experience, you will shoulder your responsibilities efficiently.”
Chief Minister Pema Khandu while congratulating Bagra further appreciated all the members of the house including opposition members for supporting Bagra’s candidature. In his statement to the house, Bagra while appreciating the members for reposing faith in him stated that due to Constitutiol compulsion he had to resign from the post earlier. “I am fortute to have Thongdok as the Speaker who was my senior during my service tenure,” he added.
BJP MLAs including Japu Deru, Kento Ri, Laisam Simai, Wangling Lowangdong, Tage Taki, Jarkar Gamlin, Jomde Ke along with PPA members Takam Pario and Mutchu Mithi congratulated Bagra and termed him as a man of immense maturity, non-controversial and exuded confidence that with his vast knowledge and experiences, he would uphold the sanctity of the post with utmost sincerity.