Vikho elected new NLA Speaker
Kohima, March 13: The Neiphiu Rio-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government in Nagaland today won the floor test in the assembly 33-26.
Rio, who had staked claim to form the government with the support of 32 newly elected legislators on March 4 was appointed as Chief Minister on March 6 and the new Government was sworn in on March 8.
The 32 included 18 of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), 12 of BJP and one each JD(U) and Independent. However, after formation of the PDA Government, two legislators of National People’s Party (NPP) also joined the alliance.
However, the Governor had asked Rio to prove his majority on or before March 16.
In the 60-member Assembly, 33 votes cast in favour of the confidence motion moved by Rio and 26 against it. Barring the speaker, all 59 legislators signed a register to cast their vote for the motion.
Of the 33 MLAs that voted in favour of the Rio’s Government, 17 were NDPP members, 12 were of the BJP, two of the NPP, one JD(U) and another Independent legislator.
The 26 MLAs voting against Rio were from Naga People’s Front (NPF).
Meanwhile, NDPP-led PDA nominee Vikho-o Yhoshü, who has been the member of the House for the third consecutive term since 2008 from Southern Angami-I constituency was elected as the new Speaker of the State Assembly.
During the election of the Speaker, which was conducted through secret ballot, 33 PDA legislators voted in favour of Vikho-o Yhoshü while 26 NPF legislators voted for their nominee and former speaker Dr Imtiwapang Aier.
Leader of the House and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio felicitating the new speaker termed Yhoshü as a ‘refined gentlemen’ and expressed the hope that the he would conduct the proceedings of the House in an impartial and non-partisan manner.
“He has vast experience in government and public services, his guidance will be very valuable to all with his wide experience and knowledge,” Rio said while urging upon all members cutting across party line to extend cooperation towards the smooth conduct of the House.
He also affirmed that the members of new Assembly house will not leave any stone unturned to meet the expectation of the people of Nagaland and ensure cordial atmosphere of smooth functioning of the State Assembly.
Leader of NPF Legislature Party and former Chief Minister, T. R Zeliang while congratulating the Speaker said the expectations of the members of both the treasury and opposition bench is that the role of the speaker is to maintain absolute neutrality, impartiality and uphold the dignity and decorum of the house.
He expressed confidence the new speaker would to live up to the expectation for members of the house.
Maintaining that it is an established fact that in parliamentary democracy majority prevails, he however said that the speaker should strictly ensure that laws and the procedures are not violated.
He also assured full cooperation from the opposition members as long impartiality in dispensing just decisions is maintained.
In his acceptance speech, the new Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü while extending gratitude for electing him to the chair, assured the members to be fair, unbiased and judicious in all matters cutting aside all party lines.
He said party affiliations cannot diminish the responsibility and confidence the people have reposed on each of the members to act in shaping their destiny. Acknowledging the limitations of parliamentary functioning, Yhoshü looked forward to the cooperation of the members to ensure effective discharge of their assigned duties.
He also assured to give his steadfast endeavour and reciprocate to live up to their expectations. Subsequently, Yhoshu while declaring that Rio has the majority support adjourned the House till 9:30 am on March 22.
In the morning, the protem speaker Mmhonlumo of BJP administered oath to all the newly elected members while also conducting the election for the chair of the Speaker. (Page News Service)