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Toiho Yeptho elected new Deputy Speaker of NLA

Toiho Yeptho

KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 26: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA S Toiho Yeptho was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA).
The 50-year-old graduate, S Toiho Yeptho is a first timer to the NLA as he defeated then sitting MLA & Advisor for Tourism and BJP candidate, H Khehovi in the last State general elections from Suruhoto Assembly Constituency of Zunheboto district.
The election to the post was held on Monday, the first day of the Budget session for the fiscal 2024-25.
NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer announced that NCP MLA Yeptho was the only candidate to have filed nomination for the post and that he has been unanimously elected unopposed as the Deputy Speaker of the House.
Congratulating Yeptho on becoming the new Deputy Speaker, Chief Minister Rio said Yeptho, though a first-timer in the State Assembly has had rich experience in public domain and also served as leader of various students’ bodies and was Chairman of Village Council – Khekiya in Dimapur district and others.
Rio expressed hope that under the Speaker Longkumer, Yeptho will be able to catch up with the role of the new office and also function as an efficient Deputy Speaker.
Rio also assured the constant support and cooperation in the discharge of his constitutional duty as Deputy Speaker of the House.
NLA Speaker Longkumer also extended congratulations to Yeptho and looked forward to utilizing his vast experience and knowledge on the diverse subject for the benefit of the August House.
In his acceptance address, Toiho Yeptho thanked the Chief Minister and the legislators for unanimously electing him to the post.
Accepting his own limitations in the parliamentary practices and conventions as a novice in the House, Yeptho sought the support of the Speaker and members in performing his duties to the best of ability and as per the trust and confidence of the members. He said NLA is a 60-year-old House and has come of age and the highest decorum of decency and prestige maintained by the predecessors must be upheld.
“I shall perform my duty in all sincerity with dignity and impartiality preserving the rich tradition of the August House”, he affirmed.
Out of the 23 MLAs of other political parties NCP – 7, NPP – 5, LJP (Ram Vilas), Naga People’s Front (NPF) and RPI (Athawale) – 2 each, JD(U) – 1 and Independent – 4 which had extended support to the NDPP-BJP’s Peoples’ Democratic Alliance Government, Yeptho is the first MLA to be get a post.
(Page News Service)