nCongress Legislator from Bhanupratappur and tribal leader Manoj Mandavi was on Monday elected unopposed as a Deputy Speaker of Chhattisgarh state assembly.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik, JCC-J legislator Dharamjeet Singh, BSP legislator Keshav Chandra, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Choubey, senior Congress legislators Satyanarayan Sharma, Devati Karma, T.S. Singhdeo and BJP legislator Ajay Chandrakar proposed his name. House agreed to the proposal and thus he was unanimously elected to the coveted post
Speaking on his election, Chief Minister Baghel said it was a matter of pride that a senior tribal legislator was elected to the post of Deputy Speaker and the entire region would be benefited with his election.
BJP legislator terming him a close friend expressed hope that he will maintain the rich tradition of the state assembly by following the set norms.
JCC-J legislator Singh termed him as a jovial person and said by his election it is expected that there will now be no dispute in the House.
Notable, with Congress having over two third majority in the 90 member house, the election of Mandavi to the post of Deputy Speaker was almost sure. In the House Congress has 69 MLAs while BJP and JCC (J)-BSP combine have 14 and 7 MLAs respectively.
Earlier, Banwarilal Agrawal, Dharamjeet Singh, Badridhar Diwan and Narayan Singh Chandel have served as a deputy speakers in the state assembly.