NEW DELHI

Amrish Singh Gautam elected Deputy Speaker of Delhi Assembly

Celebration time: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri offering sweets to newly elected Deputy Speaker Amrish Singh Gautam (right) at Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.

Celebration time: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri offering sweets to newly elected Deputy Speaker Amrish Singh Gautam (right) at Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: - Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Three-time MLA Amrish Singh Gautam of the Congress was on Tuesday unanimously Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly.

The motion that Mr Gautam be elected the Deputy Speaker was moved by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and thereafter other Congress members proposed it. During the motion, senior BJP MLA pointed to the absence of a large number of Congress members from the House. This included Rajesh Lilothia who was also supposed to propose the name of Mr Gautam.

As the BJP members also repeated referred to Mr Gautam as a Dalit leader, Ms Dikshit intervened saying that he was a senior and honourable members of the House and questioned why the Dalit word was being used. Pointing to Mr Balli, she said, ``do we say your are a sardar… All members are honourable and we should not add religion or caste to their names”.

The resolution was then unanimously passed. Thereafter Ms Dikshit as Leader of the House hailed Mr Gautma as a member of the House who has acted with dignity and courage over the last 10 years and contributed in the discussions. His taking over the post would add to its prestige, she said.

Leader of Opposition V.K. Malhotra also described Mr Gautam as a member of the House who has conducted himself well. Prof. Malhotra also used the opportunity to mention that while in Parliament and other States, there was a tradition of having the Deputy Leader from the Opposition, that has not been followed in Delhi right from the time of the first Assembly. But, he said, “it is not necessary that wrong policies are continued”.

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