Puducherry: Ruling All India NR Congress
legislator V Sabapathy alias Kothandaraman is all set to
become the new Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly on Wednesday.
Sabapathy (67) was the only candidate to present his
nomination papers before the Secretary to the Legislative
Assembly M Sivaprakasam, till this noon - the deadline fixed
for submission of the papers. The election to the post was
slated for tomorrow.
Sivaprakasam said a total of six sets of nominations,
including Chief Minister N Rangasamy`s, were presented
proposing Sabapathy`s name to the post.
The pro-tem Speaker T Thiagarajan will formally announce
the unopposed election of Sabapathy as 18th Speaker in the
House when it meets tomorrow, the Secretary said.
Sabapathy, a veteran Congressman, joined AINRC a few
weeks ahead of the Assembly polls and emerged victorious from
Ariyankuppam after defeating Congress nominee T Jayamoorthy.
Rangasamy later told reporters that he was "pleased with
the healthy trend of our party nominee being elected
unopposed. I thank all the opposition parties for ensuring the
unanimous win of Sabapathy."