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Mmhonlumo Kikon appointed pro-tem speaker of Nagaland Assembly

Press Trust of India  |  Kohima 

Newly elected BJP MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon was today as the of Legislative Assembly.

P B Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kikon at the here today.

As the pro-tem speaker, Kikon will be chairing the first day of the Budget session of the Assembly on March 13, with the members of the NDPP-led People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) on the Treasury bench and the Naga People's Front (NPF) legislators on the opposition bench.

The House will witness MLAs occupying the opposition bench after four years.

In 2014, eight legislators of the opposition Congress, during a show of strength, pledged support for T R Zeliang, the then of the House, rendering the 12th Assembly opposition-less.

The legislators later joined the Zeliang-led Naga People's Front (NPF).

This time, however, the NPF, which had ruled the state for the past 15 years, will play the role of Opposition.

Zeliang, while accepting defeat, told mediapersons recently that the NPF will fulfill its responsibilities as a "constructive Opposition" in the Assembly.

The first day of the session will witness the election of a new and administering of oath to the members of the House, said yesterday.

In the recently concluded Assembly elections, the NDPP-BJP alliance won 30 seats. The alliance, however, garnered the support of a JD(U) MLA and an Independent legislator, taking the tally to 32.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:30 IST