Balan is Pondy Deputy Speaker

Balan is Pondy Deputy Speaker


Ruling Congress legislator M N R Balan is set to be elected unopposed as Deputy Speaker of the Puducherry Territorial Assembly on Thursday as he was the only nominee on Wednesday when he filed his papers.

Balan, who represents the Uzhavarkarai Assembly, is a first time MLA. Balan, who was also the chairman of the Puducherry government-owned Transport Development Corporation (PTDC) resigned the post on Tuesday.

The post of Deputy Speaker fell vacant after V P Sivakolundhu took over as Speaker in June in the place of V Vaithilingam who quit after his election to the Lok Sabha in April.

Among those who were present when Balan submitted his nomination to the Secretary to the Assembly included Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, PWD Minister A Namassivayam and legislators belonging to the Congress and ally DMK.