List of speakers of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly

The Speaker of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly is the presiding officer of the Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand, the main law-making body for the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Speaker is elected in the very first meeting of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly after the general elections for a term of 5 years from amongst the members of the assembly. The Speaker must be a member of the assembly. The Speaker can be removed from office by a resolution passed in the assembly by an effective majority of its members. In the absence of Speaker, the meeting of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly is presided by the Deputy Speaker.

Speaker of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
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Incumbent
Ritu Khanduri Bhushan

since 26 March 2022
Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
StyleThe Honourable
NominatorMembers of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
AppointerGovernor of Uttarakhand
Term lengthDuring the life of the Assembly (five years maximum)
Renewable
Inaugural holderPrakash Pant (2000–2002)
Formation9 November 2000; 21 years ago (2000-11-09)
DeputyTBD
WebsiteUttarakhand Legislative Assembly

EligibilityEdit

The Speaker of the Assembly must:

  1. be a citizen of India;
  2. be at least 25 years of age; and
  3. not hold any office of profit under the Government of Uttarakhand.

Powers and Functions of the SpeakerEdit

The speaker of the legislative assembly conducts the business in house, and decides whether a bill is a money bill or not. They maintain discipline and decorum in the house and can punish a member for their unruly behaviour by suspending them. They also permit the moving of various kinds of motions and resolutions such as a motion of no confidence, motion of adjournment, motion of censure and calling attention notice as per the rules. The speaker decides on the agenda to be taken up for discussion during the meeting. The date of election of the speaker is fixed by the Governor of Uttarakhand. Further, all comments and speeches made by members of the House are addressed to the speaker. The speaker is answerable to the house. Both the speaker and deputy speaker may be removed by a resolution passed by the majority of the members.

List of the Speakers of UttarakhandEdit

Colour key for parties
No. Name Portrait Constituency Term[1] Party Assembly
(Election)
1 Prakash Pant MLC for Kumaon Local Authorities 12 March 2001 14 March 2002 Bharatiya Janata Party Interim Assembly
2 Yashpal Arya   Mukteshwar 15 March 2002 11 March 2007 Indian National Congress 1st Assembly
(2002)
3 Harbans Kapoor   Dehradun 12 March 2007 13 March 2012 Bharatiya Janata Party 2nd Assembly
(2007)
4 Govind Singh Kunjwal Jageshwar 26 March 2012 20 March 2017 Indian National Congress 3rd Assembly
(2012)
5 Premchand Aggarwal Rishikesh 23 March 2017 21 March 2022 Bharatiya Janata Party 4th Assembly
(2017)
6 Ritu Khanduri Bhushan Kotdwar 26 March 2022 Incumbent 5th Assembly
(2022)

Deputy SpeakerEdit

The Deputy Speaker of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly is the vice-presiding officer of the legislative assembly. Acts as the presiding officer in case of leave or absence caused by death or illness of the Speaker.

List of the Deputy Speakers of UttarakhandEdit

Colour key for parties
No. Name Portrait Constituency Term[2] Party Assembly
(Election)
Vacant 2000 2002 N/A Interim Assembly
2002 2007 1st Assembly
(2002)
2007 20 December 2008 2nd Assembly
(2007)
1 Vijaya Barthwal Yamkeshwar 20 December 2008 27 June 2009 Bharatiya Janata Party
2 Anusuya Prasad Maikhuri Karnaprayag 2012 2017 Indian National Congress 3rd Assembly
(2012)
3 Raghunath Singh Chauhan Almora 28 March 2017 10 March 2022 Bharatiya Janata Party 4th Assembly
(2017)

Pro tem SpeakerEdit

After a general election and the formation of a new government, a list of senior members of the legislative assembly prepared by the legislative section is submitted to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs of Uttarakhand, who selects a Pro tem speaker who hold the office of speaker until a full-time speaker is elected. The appointment has to be approved by the Governor.[3]

The first meeting after the election when the speaker and the deputy speaker are elected by members of the legislative assembly, is held under the pro-tem speaker. In absence of the speaker, the deputy speaker acts as speaker and in the absence of both a committee of six members selected by the speaker will act as speaker according to their seniority.

List of the Pro tem Speakers of UttarakhandEdit

Colour key for parties
No. Name Portrait Constituency Term[4] Party Assembly
(Election)
1 Muhammad Muhiuddin Laksar 2000 Bahujan Samaj Party Interim Assembly
2 Harbans Kapoor   Dehradun 2002 Bharatiya Janata Party 1st Assembly
(2002)
2007 2nd Assembly
(2007)
3 Shailendra Mohan Singhal Jaspur 2012 Indian National Congress 3rd Assembly
(2012)
(2) Harbans Kapoor   Dehradun Cantonment 2017 Bharatiya Janata Party 4th Assembly
(2017)
4 Banshidhar Bhagat Kaladhungi 2022 5th Assembly
(2022)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]. Government of Uttarakhand. Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  2. ^ [2]. Government of Uttarakhand. Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ Ashok, Akash Deep (4 June 2014). "Pro tem Speaker: All you need to know about this parliamentary post". India Today. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  4. ^ [3]. Government of Uttarakhand. Retrieved on 30 July 2014.