Nitin Aggarwal Elected as Deputy Speaker; Uttar Pradesh

Nitin Aggarwal Elected as Deputy Speaker; Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh state assembly elected its Deputy Speaker on Monday, just five months into its term. The UP legislature has elected a new Speaker after a 14-year gap. The ruling BJP fielded Samajwadi Party rebel Nitin Aggarwal, who received 304 votes out of 368 casts on Monday. SP nominated legislator Narendra Verma, who received 60 votes. The BJP and its allies have 325 legislators in the legislature, while the SP has 47.

A total of four votes were ruled invalid. The polls were boycotted by members of Congress. SP received 13 more votes than its overall strength in the national election for Dy. Speaker, which included renegade Bahujan Samaj Party, legislators. Aditi Singh, a Congress dissident lawmaker from Raibareli, voted despite her party's boycott demand.

HN Dixit, the assembly speaker, announced Nitin Aggarwal's election as the house's Deputy Speaker.

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