V Sasi of CPI elected as Deputy Speaker of Kerala Assembly
Thiruvananthapuram, June 29: CPI’s V Sasi was today elected Deputy Speaker of the 14th Kerala Assembly.
While Sasi polled 90 votes, Opposition UDF candidate I C Balakrishnan garnered 45 votes in the voting held in the Assembly this morning.
Four members were absent, including BJP’s lone member O Rajagopal, and one vote was declared invalid.
Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan did not exercise his franchise.
Sasi, the two-time MLA from Chirayankeezhu constituency
in the Assembly, was earlier a member of the Travancore Devaswom Board.
The CPI(M) headed LDF has a strength of 92 in the 141 member Assembly, including the nominated Anglo Indian member, John Fernandez.
Congress led UDF has 47 members, BJP has one and P C George is an Independent MLA.
While LDF’s Chitoor MLA K Krishnankutty was not present
in the House at the time of voting, in the opposition benches Anoop Jacob of Kerala Congress (Jacob) and IUML’s C Mamooty were absent.