BJP MLA from Panchkula, Gian Chand Gupta, was Monday unanimously elected the Speaker of the Haryana Assembly while Congress Legislative Party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda was given recognition as the Leader of Opposition.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar proposed the name of Gupta, a two-time MLA and former mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation,for the Speaker’s post. The proposal was seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala. The Opposition members backed Gupta.
In the Assembly election, Gupta defeated Congress’s Chander Mohan Bishnoi, the son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal.
Earlier, pro-tem Speaker Raghubir Singh Kadian administered oath to Khattar, Dushyant followed by nine women members that included three from the BJP, five from Congress and the lone woman MLA and Dushyant’s mother Naina Chautala of the Jannayak Janata Party.
In the 90-member House, the strength of BJP is 40, its ally Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) 10, Independents seven, Congress 31, and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) one each.
Addressing the members Khattar congratulated Gupta for being elected unanimously. Khattar also appealed to the members to maintain decorum of the House and have healthy debates in the interest of the state.