Guwahati ( Assam ),May 21: Former Rajya Sabha MP and BJP MLA Biswajit Daimary was on Friday unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 15th Assam Legislative Assembly.
Daimary is the first person belonging to the Bodo tribe to elected to the coveted position .
Earlier ,Daimary had submitted his nomination on Thursday in presence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass in the assembly secretariat.
The Congress-AIUDF coalition had not put any candidate for the speaker’s post.
With no other nomination, pro-tem Speaker Phani Bhusan Choudhury announced Daimary as the new speaker and handed over the charge to him.
Thanking everyone, the newly elected speaker said, “I believe I will be able to give a strong and positive message from the House to the people of Assam. All the MLAs will be able to speak their mind here. I will give equal chance to everyone as per the rule.”
Congratulating Daimary, CM Sarma said many eminent personalities had become the speaker of Assam assembly and they added to the prestige and glory of the chair.
My heartiest congratulations to Sri Biswajit Daimary on being elected as Speaker of 15th Assam Legislative Assembly.
Your long experience as a Parliamentarian shall greatly benefit the legislative business. We shall count on your expertise.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 21, 2021
Other leaders like former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Congress Legislature Party Leader Debabrata Saikia, AIUDF Legislature Party leader Hafiz Bashir Ahmed, BJP Assam President Ranjeet Kumar Dass and AGP President Atul Bora too congratulated Daimary.
Raijor Dal chief Akhil Gogoi said, “We are very glad that an indigenous person from the Bodo community has become the Speaker. This is a matter of pride for all of us.”
In February, Daimary was re-elected to Rajya Sabha following switching side to BJP from Bodoland People”s Front (BPF). He contested the assembly polls from the Paneri constituency and won by a margin of 35,852 votes.
The ruling BJP has nominated its MLA Numal Momin for the post of deputy speaker. He will submit his nomination when the Secretariat will call for applications for the post. Momin was elected to the assembly for the second consecutive time from the Bokajan seat.
Our Kokrajhar Bureau adds :Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief executive member and president of United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) Pramod Boro and the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) have hailed the unanimous election of Biswajit Daimary as Speaker of the 15th Assam Assembly is a historic and proud moment for the Bodo community in the state of Assam.
Addressing the reporters today at a press conference held at Bodofa House in Kokrajhar today, ABSU general secretary Khanindra Basumatary and vice president Khwrwmdao Wary said that the students union extends congratulations to newly selected Assembly Speaker Biswajit Daimary.
“We do hopeful that Daimary will be successful through his bold leadership as speaker in the state”,ABSU said.