New Speaker's election postponed till Jan

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 16 November 2015 20:27 IST

New Speaker of Goa Assembly would be elected in January, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is in no hurry.

The post is vacant since 1 October, the day former speaker Rajendra Arlekar resigned, to take over as the minister in the Laxmikant Parsekar ministry.

For the BJP, election of the new speaker is a mere formality since Anant Shet, the deputy speaker holding charge as the speaker, ultimately would be formally elected the new speaker.

“We will elect the new speaker when an eight-day long Assembly session would be convened in January”, Parsekar told the media today.

Being the first session of the year, it would commence with the Governor’s address.

The real issue, which is not being resolved till date, is who would be the deputy speaker.

 

The BJP has not yet made any formal announcement in this regard.

A meeting of party MLAs and office bearers convened on 29 September had announced that Arlekar would take over as the minister and Shet would replace him in the Legislature Secretariat.

Though CM Parsekar had stated that St Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh would be the deputy speaker, the latter had refused to accept the position.

Instead, he had suggested that the party should make Mauvin Godinho, the Congress MLA, the deputy speaker since he has joined hands with the ruling BJP.

The internal news reveals that Wagh is actually interested in speaker’s post since the party also feels that Wagh will have to ultimately manage the Assembly sessions at crucial moments, taking into consideration the soft attitude of Shet.

On the other hand, there are many more BJP legislators are lobbying for the deputy speaker if Wagh actually backs out.

The ruling party has thus postponed the whole issue till January.

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