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Rajendra Arlekar elected Speaker of Goa Assembly

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Seeking cooperation:Newly-elected Speaker Rajendra Arlekar greets the legislators after being escorted to the chair by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Opposition leader Pratapsingh Rane in Panaji on Monday.
Seeking cooperation:Newly-elected Speaker Rajendra Arlekar greets the legislators after being escorted to the chair by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Opposition leader Pratapsingh Rane in Panaji on Monday.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Rajendra Arlekar (58), who was elected from the reserved (Scheduled Castes) Pernem constituency of north Goa, was on Monday elected the Speaker of Legislative Assembly unopposed.

The election was held on the first day of the three-day budget session which got under way on Monday. Mr. Arlekar was administered the oath of office by Protem Speaker Mahadev Naik of the BJP. Earlier, the Protem Speaker administered oath to all the newly elected members.

Mr. Arlekar is a senior BJP leader who has been elected to Goa Assembly for the second term. He was party spokesman ahead of the recent State Assembly election.

The Congress has nominated the former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane as the Leader of the Opposition.

Goa Governor K. Sankaranarayanan will deliver the customary address to the Goa Assembly on Tuesday, the second day of the Session.

The 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly has 21 BJP legislators, its alliance partner MGP has three members while the Goa Vikas Party's two members and four Independents are backing the Government. The opposition Congress has nine members.

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