February 23, 2015 2:56:26 am
As the two-day session of the Delhi Assembly begins on Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Shahdara, Ram Niwas Goel, is likely to be elected as the Speaker, while Shalimar Bagh’s Vandana Kumari is likely to be elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House.
According to sources in the party, Kumari, who is a two-time MLA from Shalimar Bagh, is set to be the party’s woman face in the Assembly.
Meanwhile, Goel, a former BJP MLA who switched to the AAP last year, is likely to be appointed the Speaker, sources said.
“With the new AAP government in Delhi planning to implement a series of measures for women’s security, Kumari’s role as a popular leader in the AAP’s women’s wing is significant,” an AAP source said.
This Assembly elections, Kumari defeated BJP’s Rekha Gupta by a margin of 10,978 votes. Last time, Kumari had defeated BJP’s Ravinder Nath Bansal from the same constituency — a BJP bastion since 1993. Like many others in the AAP, Kumari was associated with the India Against Corruption movement and later went on to join the AAP.
Goel, who had been associated with the BJP and had even won an Assembly election from Shahdara on a BJP ticket, joined the AAP in January last year.
The Assembly session is likely to begin discussion on AAP’s poll promises such as women’s safety and cheaper electricity and water.
While the newly elected MLAs will take oath during the session, a senior member of the Assembly will be nominated as the protem speaker. The protem Speaker will help in the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
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