Dimapur, August 6: First timer and 37-years old MLA, Sharingain Longkumer was Tuesday elected as the deputy speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
The post of Deputy Speaker became vacant following the minor reshuffle in the ministry made by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on July 23 last, wherein among others his younger brother and the then sitting Deputy Speaker Zhaleo Rio was assigned with three departments – Sericulture, Excise and Minority Affairs as Advisor to CM.
Longkumer was elected to the House as ruling NDPP nominee in the bye-election to 26-Aonglenden assembly constituency held on April 11 last.
He defeated Alemjongshi of the Congress by 6,245 votes.
In today’s election, NLA Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu, while informing that only Longkumer had filed the nomination for the vacant post, declared him elected unopposed.
Chief Minister Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio and leader of opposition, TR Zeliang congratulated Longkumer on his election to the post in the capacity as the Deputy Speaker of the 13th NLA. Both the leaders described him as young and energetic with requisite qualification to hold such a coveted post. They also urged him to discharge duties and responsibilities to the best of his abilities without fear or favour. (Page News Service)