BJP MLA Kavinder Gupta was elected unanimously as Speaker of the 12th Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
The Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Basharat Bukhari moved a motion in the Assembly saying “Kavinder Gupta, a member of this house, be chosen as the Speaker.”
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh seconded the motion.
The speaker was elected with voice vote with no one from the Opposition going against the motion. It is for the first time in the legislative history of Jammu and Kashmir that it has a speaker from the saffron camp.
Gupta is an MLA from Gandhinagar constituency in Jammu district.
After the election of Gupta as Speaker, he was taken to the speaker’s chair by Dr Nirmal Singh, Basharat Bukhari and NC’S Mubarak Gul.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, former Chief Minister and NC Legislative Party leader Omar Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Congress Legislative leader Nawang Rigzin Jora, CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami welcomed and congratulated the newly elected speaker.