BJP’s Biswabandhu Sen elected as Tripura assembly Speaker
While BJP’s Sen got 32 votes to win, Roy, fielded by opposition alliance partners Communist Party of India (Marxist)–Congress and TIPRA Motha, received 14 votes, including 11 from the CPM and three from the Congress
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Biswabandhu Sen on Friday was elected as Speaker of the Tripura assembly. He defeated Congress legislator Gopal Chandra Roy.
Of the total 59 legislators in the assembly, 46 legislators voted to elect the Speaker, while 13 legislators of the TIPRA Motha abstained from voting and walked out of the House, expressing their displeasure over the sitting arrangements in the House.
While BJP’s Sen got 32 votes to win, Roy, fielded by opposition alliance partners Communist Party of India (Marxist)–Congress and TIPRA Motha, received 14 votes, including 11 from the CPM and three from the Congress.
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Sen, who joined the BJP in 2017 from Congress, remained a legislator for five terms and served as deputy speaker in the previous assembly.
Currently, the BJP has 31 MLAs as Union ministers after Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Pratima Bhoumik resigned from the assembly to retain her Lok Sabha seat.
On March 15, senior BJP legislator Binoy Bhusan Das took oath as the pro-tem Speaker of the Tripura assembly. Legislators of the 60-member assembly took oath on March 16 and 17.
In the recently concluded state assembly elections, the BJP won 32 seats in Tripura, while its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura managed to secure one seat. TIPRA Motha got 13, while the CPI(M)-Congress combine could only bag 14 seats.