DIMAPUR, March 21 - Dr Imtiwapang Aier was elected unopposed as the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly during the 15th session of the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly this morning.
Prior to his election as Speaker, Dr Aier was the Parliamentary Secretary for Geology & Mining. He hails from Sungratsu village under Mokokchung district and represents Impur Assembly constituency.
Nagaland Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu congratulated him and expressed his confidence that he would prove himself equal to the task and maintain the dignity and decorum of the chair. He also expressed hope that the new Speaker would be able to handle his duties and responsibilities not only inside the House but also at various national and international level functions. The Chief Minister hoped that Dr Aier would definitely dispense justice to all the members in course of deliberation and debate in the House.
Dr Aier, in his acceptance speech as Speaker of Nagaland Assembly, expressed profound gratitude to all the members of the House for electing him to the dignified office. �I am aware of the onerous responsibility of the office for which I am called upon to shoulder,� he added.
While admitting his lack of requisite parliamentary maturity and experiences, he expressed confidence and faith in the democratic deals and the spirit of cooperation assured by the representatives.
The Speaker called on the members of the 12th Nagaland Assembly to work with zeal to do justice while assuring that he will spare no effort to uphold the cherished traditions and the non-partisan character of the seat of the Speaker. He mentioned that the 12th Nagaland Assembly is a unique House because of the absence of opposition which is a rare case in a democratic form of government. This peculiar character of the House has made the job more onerous, he felt.
He expressed hope that the members will be more alert and vigilant in delivering the wishes of the people. �There might be conflict of views or ideas during deliberation, but it should not deviate from our common goal, which is the welfare of the people and for social uplift and ultimately to have economic freedom,� the Speaker added.