TPR Selvam elected Dy Speaker of Pondy Assembly

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 15:15

Puducherry: Ruling AINRC legislator TPR
Selvam was today elected unopposed as Deputy Speaker of the
House at its brief monsoon session.

As soon as the session commenced, Speaker V Sabapathy
announced that Selvam was elected to the post unopposed as his
was the only nomination received.

The Speaker also inducted A Tamilselvane (AINRC), nephew
of Chief Minister and AINRC founer N Rangasamy, who was
elected from Indira Nagar constituency in the Oct 13 by-poll.

Both Selvam and Tamilselvane are first timers in the
Assembly.

Minutes before the Chief Minister and the speaker greeted
the members, seven Congress legislators, led by leader of the
opposition V Vaithlingam, staged a walk out in protest against
the government’s `failure` to maintain law and order, supply
good quality rice to card holders and also to provide relief
to rain hit sections of farmers and public.

The Chief Minister told the House that government was keen
on providing quality rice to card holders and that rice was
being procured as per instructions of the central government.

Soon after, the House was drowned in noisy scenes as
Congress legislators protested the absence of Education
Minister P M L Kalyanasundaram in the House.

Kalayanasundaram is facing charges for allegedly using a
proxy to write his class 10 public examination.

Opposition AIADMK boycotted the session in protest against
`inaction` of Rangasamy led ministry on various fronts.

Of the two DMK legislators Nanda T Saravanan attended the
session for a while and later staged a walk out along with the
Congress legislators, in protest against the Speaker "not
granting permission to discuss people`s issues."

The other DMK legislator A M H Nazeem could not turn up for
personal reasons, he said.

After Rangasamy and others spoke in appreciation of the new
Deputy Speaker and the newly elected legislator the Speaker
adjourned the House sine die.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 15:15

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