BJP's Michael Lobo elected deputy speaker of Goa assembly

BJP legislator Michael Lobo was today elected the deputy speaker of Goa assembly, defeating Isidore Fernandes of Congress.

Published: 24th March 2017 01:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2017 01:02 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

PANAJI: BJP legislator Michael Lobo was today elected the deputy speaker of Goa assembly, defeating Isidore Fernandes of Congress.     

In the election held in the House, Lobo polled 21 votes, while Fernandes bagged 15.     

While Speaker Pramod Sawant did not vote, two MLAs - Churchill Alemao (NCP) and Francis Silveira (Congress) - were not present in the assembly at the time of the election.     

The coastal state has a 40-member House and one MLA resigned days after assembly poll results were announced two weeks ago.     

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar escorted Lobo to his chair after he was declared elected.     

Parrikar congratulated the MLA from Calangute on assuming responsibility of an important post.     

Others, including Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar and MGP minister Sudin Dhavalikar, also congratulated Lobo.     

In his speech, Lobo described Parrikar as a "visionary leader".     

"I will always be with Parrikar due to his vision for Goa. Parrikar quit as Defence Minister for the sake of Goa. People of Goa know why he came (back as chief minister). There are pending issues which need to be settled," he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Asian Games 2018