Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Lawmaker Rajanikant Singh on Thursday was elected as the Deputy Speaker of Odisha Assembly. Former Minister Rajanikant Singh is a four-time legislator. He won the Odisha State Polls 2019 from Angul Assembly Constituency.
Singh was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House unopposed as there was no other contender for the post.
His name was proposed by Odisha Chief Minister and Leader of House Naveen Patnaik who moved a motion for the same earlier in the day. The proposal was seconded by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh.
Rajnikanth had served as Steel and Mines Minister in Naveen Patnaik’s previous government.
The first session of the 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly began from June 25 and will have 30 working days in two phases. The first Session will start from June 25 and will continue till July 2. While the second phase will resume from July 12 and will continue till August 8.
Newly appointed Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari will table the Budget on June 28.
The 16th State Assembly will witness Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with 23 MLAs taking the role of the state’s main opposition party.
Earlier on June 3, Ruling Biju Janata Dal heavyweight and Vice President of the party Surjya Narayan (SN) Patro was unanimously elected as the speaker of the 16th Odisha Assembly. He too was elected unanimously as there was no candidate for the post of the speaker house.
In the state polls that held together with the national polls, Naveen Patnaik-led BJD stormed back to the power in the state bagging 112 seats, 5 less than it had won in 2014 State polls. Odisha has a total of 147 Assembly seats.