Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], November 21 (ANI): Senior Biju Janata Dal leader Saluga Pradhan was elected unopposed as the Deputy Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly.
The post has been vacant since November 8 after the resignation of Rajanikanta Singh.
Leader of the House and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik moved a motion on Pradhan's installation as the Deputy Speaker, which was seconded by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Niranjan Pujari.
Later, Patnaik, opposition BJP chief whip Mohan Majhi, and other senior members were present in the process.
In his first speech in the House, Pradhan thanked all the members and sought their cooperation for the smooth functioning of the proceedings of the House.
Pradhan filed his nomination papers for the Odisha Assembly Deputy Speaker post on Monday.
Pradhan is a two-time MLA from G. Udayagiri, Kandhamal district. (ANI)