Gopalakrishna is Deputy Speaker

BANGALORE, MARCH 17. N.Y. Gopalakrishna of the Congress was today unanimously elected Deputy Speaker of the 12th Legislative Assembly, 10 months after it came to be constituted.

The Speaker, Krishna, announced the unanimous election of Mr. Gopalakrishna as the Deputy Speaker.

He has been elected to the House for the third time and is the 19th holder of the office.

The Opposition did not field a candidate for the election and paved the way for the unanimous election of the Congress candidate.

The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, congratulated the new Deputy Speaker and expressed confidence that he would conduct the proceedings of the House in a dignified manner. Mr. Dharam Singh thanked the main Opposition, the BJP, for facilitating the unanimous election of the Congress nominee.

Before commencing the business of the House, Mr. Gopalakrishna said that he would be non- partisan and give opportunities to members to speak particularly with regard to problems faced by their constituencies.

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