Kohima, February 7: Ruling People’s Democratic Alliance nominee, Sharingain Longkumer was on Friday elected as the new Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
The 38 years old Longkumer is a first time MLA from 26 Aonglenden Assembly Constituency of Mokokchung district. He defeated former speaker and opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLA, Dr Imtiwapang Aier.
Altogether 57 legislators – 32 from ruling PDA and 25 NPF MLAs participated in the voting which was conducted under the observation of Panel of Chairman of the Assembly, NDPP MLA Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire.
Two seats in the House is vacant following the demise of the then Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu and NPF MLA from 60-Pungro Kiphire constituency T Torechu.
In today’s voting, all 32 MLAs of the ruling PDA comprising of NDPP, BJP and an Independent supported Longkumer while 25 NPF MLAs, including seven of them who are suspended from the party but were bound by the party whip inside the Assembly, voted for Dr Aier.
Longkumer was elected to the 13th State Assembly in the bye-election held in May 2019 which was necessitated following the demise of then MLA Imtikumjuk.
In his felicitation, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that Sharingain, although being a first time legislator, has successfully performed his duties as the Deputy Speaker and Speaker in charge over the past few months.
He hoped that Longkumer will continue to perform his duties with justice and impartiality and uphold the Constitution of India at all times.
In this regard, the CM assured the new Speaker of the cooperation of the Government.
Opposition Leader T R Zeliang congratulating Longkumer for being elected as the Speaker of the House said “we are fortunate to have a young and vibrant leader from a legal background as the Speaker”.
“Being elected to the highest position of this house, we hope and believe that you will do justice to the chair,” he said while also conveying that the Opposition bench expects the new Speaker to be impartial and neutral in all his dealings in the House while upholding the dignity and decorum of the NLA.
“As long as impartiality and neutrality are maintained, we assure that we will give our full cooperation for the smooth functioning of this house,” Zeliang added.
The newly elected Speaker, Longkumer acknowledged the members for electing him as the new speaker despite being the youngest member of the House and reaffirmed to function as a true umpire respecting the glorious traditions attached to the dignified office of the Speaker.
(Page News Service)