Chandigarh: Lone BSP MLA in Haryana Assembly
Akram Khan was on Friday unanimously elected as the House`s Deputy
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda moved the motion
proposing Khan`s name for the post with Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala seconding his name on the
opening day of budget session.
Later, talking to reporters outside the House, Hooda,
when asked if there was a compulsion to make the BSP MLA as
Deputy Speaker, said, "there was no compulsion on us".
Khan is MLA from Jagadhri assembly seat.
"It is for the first time that someone other than the
ruling party will occupy this post. We have set a tradition,"
Hooda said about Khan, who supports the Hooda government along
with seven Independents.
Meanwhile, when asked to comment what could the people
expect from the state budget for the year 2010-11, Hooda said
it would be a budget of the `Aam Aadmi`. Budget will be
presented March 10.
"The budget will also focus on the agenda of social
sector and completion of ongoing projects," he said.
When his attention was drawn towards the issue of
Chandigarh finding mention in Governor`s address in Punjab
government during the ongoing session of the Punjab assembly
yesterday, Hooda said in a recent meeting on law and order in
New Delhi, he had made it clear that Haryana had rights
similar to those of Punjab on the Union Territory.
"Therefore, if Punjab wants a separate capital, it would
be better for it to have it outside Chandigarh," he said.
When asked to comment on how would he react to the
functioning of Khap Panchayats in Haryana, the Chief Minister
said as far as the state was concerned, the government had
been abiding by the law and added "law always takes its own
Asked about the possibility of expansion of the state
cabinet, Hooda said the Cabinet would be expanded, but he
did not specify when.
To another question, he said that the issue of having
a Deputy Chief Minister was not under consideration.