Senior BJP leader and NDA nominee Vijay Kumar Sinha was today elected as the new speaker of Bihar Assembly. Protem Speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi announced the election result of Assembly speaker. Mr Manjhi said Vijay Kumar Sinha got 126 votes while Grand Alliance candidate Awadh Bihari Choudhary got 114 votes.
Opposition parties were demanding secret voting for election of assembly speaker. They were protesting the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his two cabinet colleagues as they are not members of the assembly. Chief Minister and two ministers Ashok Choudhary and Mukesh Sahni are members of the upper house.
New Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha is four time MLA from Sheikhpura constituency. In the previous Nitish Kumar led government Mr Sinha was labour minister.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,Deputy Chief Ministers Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi congratulated the new assembly speaker.
Besides opposition leader Tejaswi Yadav , Congress leader Ajit Sharma,Hindustani Awam Morcha( HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi , Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) leader Mukesh Sahni and CPI( ML) Mehboob Alamalso also congratulated new Speaker.