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AAP candidate, Maninder Singh Dhir, elected as Delhi Assembly Speaker

By on January 3, 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Jangpura constituency MS Dhir elected as Delhi Assembly Speaker. BJP fielded its candidate Jagdish Mukhi for the post. Mukhi and Dhir were the only candidates left in the fray for the post after the deadline for filing nominations expired on Thursday.

Congress supported AAP candidate MS Dhir for the post of speaker. “We have issued a whip to our MLAs to support the AAP candidate,” Delhi Congress President Arvinder Singh Lovely told PTI. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it doesn’t matter who becomes the Speaker. We’ll continue to work the way we have been.

Maninder Singh Dhir is Chief Warden of Civil Defense. He is involved in social service work and has been organizing Blood donation camps. He has received Rashtrapati Padak twice for his involvement in social work. He is AAP candidate and won as an M.L.A from Jangpura constituency in Delhi.

Jagdish Mukhi is a former minister of Finance, Planning, Excise and Taxation and Higher Education in the Delhi government.

The AAP proved its majority in the assembly. The Aam Aadmi Party government got 37 votes in favour with 7 Congress MLAs, one from JD(U) and the lone Independent Rambeer Shokeen voting in favour while 31 members of BJP and one member of its ally Akali Dal stood against it.

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