Eight-time MLA of the ruling BJP Satish Mahana was on Tuesday elected unopposed as the Speaker of the 18th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh. Acting President Ramapati Shastri announced the election of Mahana unopposed, the only nomination he had for the post.
Governor Anandiben Patel had fixed March 29 as the date for the election of the Speaker. Leader of the House and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Leader of Opposition Akhilesh Yadav and leaders of all other parties congratulated Mahana.
His nomination was proposed by Adityanath and senior minister Suresh Khanna supported him. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav had also proposed Mahana’s name and his party’s Awadhesh Prasad supported it.
Apart from this, leaders of other political parties including Raghuraj Pratap Singh of Jansatta Dal Loktantrik and Aradhana Mishra of Congress had also proposed his nomination. Mahana has been elected for the eighth time from the Maharajpur assembly seat of Kanpur district. Born on October 14, 1960, in Kanpur, he was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1991 and maintains his presence in the House since then.
Apart from being the Minister of State for Urban Development in the Mayawati-led government of the BSP-BJP alliance, he has also been a minister in the governments led by Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh. He was the industrial development minister in the Yogi Adityanath-led government in the previous assembly.
In the seven-phase elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, the BJP won 255 seats and its ally Apna Dal got 12 and Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal (Nishad) got six seats.
The main opposition SP won 111 seats, and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal eight and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party six. Congress and Jansatta Dal Loktantrik got two seats each, while Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party got one seat.
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