Srinagar: Former Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader, Dr Nirmal Singh was elected Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Thursday. The opposition had nominated Legislator, Usman Majeed as their candidate for the post of Speaker, whose name was proposed by MLA Abdul Majid Bhat (Larmi).
Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Basharat Bukhari moved the motion in the Assembly seeking his election to the post, while Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta seconded the motion.
Dr Nirmal Singh, MLA from Billawar constituency, was elected with a voice vote.
After the election, Dr Singh was taken to the Speaker’s chair by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Basharat Bukhari, Minister for Urban Development, Sat Pal Sharma, Deputy Speaker, Nazir Gurezi, Legislators, Mian Altaf, MY Tarigami, Sheikh Abdul Rashid among other members.
Addressing the House, Dr Singh urged all the members to cooperate with him in conducting the house in an impartial manner. He said that Jammu and Kashmir full of diversities and at the same time full of challenges as well.
“This House has a greater role to address the diversities and challenges of the State,” he said.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti felicitated Dr Singh on being elected Speaker of the House.
Legislator, Engineer Abdul Rashid while congratulating the newly appointed Speaker, Dr Nirmal Singh said that the responsibilities have doubled for Dr Singh with the new assignment. He said that the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has a special privilege in the county and the members and the Speaker should uphold the sanctity of the House. (KNB)