Khemchand elected new Speaker
IMPHAL | Mar 20
Yumnam Khemchand Singh, BJP MLA of Singjamei constituency has been elected as the new Speaker of the 11th Manipur assembly by voice vote today.
The post for Speaker was contested by Congress MLA Konthoujam Govindas of Bishnupur constituency.
The pro tem Speaker V Hangkhalian conducted the proceedings of the election and concluded that the BJP led alliance has the majority and Khemchand will be the new Speaker.
The 27 ruling members proposed the name of Khemchand while 25 Opposition MLAs proposed Govindas’ candidature. The Speaker’s ruling was challenged by former Speaker and Congress MLA of Khundrakpam constituency Th Lokeshwor demanding how it was decided.
However, the motion was approved by a voice vote and the favour went to the BJP. Khemchand was led to the Speaker’s seat by CLP leader Okram Ibobi Singh and the Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh.
Khemchand in his first address to the House thanked the members for appointing him.
“I have the utmost respect for the members of the House and will uphold parliamentary democracy. I will not be biased and my role is to pass impartial judgement to both opposition and ruling,” he said.
MLA Okram Ibobi congratulated Khemchand on his new post on behalf of the Congress party. He expressed displeasure on “horse trading” done and there is an issue of floor crossing. He was referring to Th Shyamkumar who had recently defected to the BJP and became a cabinet minister.
“It is a shame, as the House progresses, the decorum of the House should be maintained. We have nothing personal against anyone. We will be a constructive Opposition” Ibobi said appealing to the Speaker to take an unbiased stand when issues and problems of the state are discussed.
K Govindas also congratulated Khemchand on his new post. “I knew that we would be defeated,” he said urging the Speaker to be exemplary in conduct of the business of the House and to be fair.
An adjournment motion was raised by 10 Opposition members. The motion was derided. Chief Minister Biren said some members of the House have used words unnecessarily.
“All process of the House was duly conducted, there are no lapses in procedure, please expunge the words which were used unnecessarily,” he requested the Speaker.