CPM’s A.N. Shamseer will become the new Speaker of Kerala Assembly

Thiruvananthapuram: A two-time MLA and CPM State party committee member, Mr. Shamseer will be the new Speaker of Kerala Assembly. He will replace the present Speaker Mr. M.B.Rajesh, who will become the minister replacing Mr. Govindan whose resignation has been forwarded to the Governor.

Mr. Govindan handed over his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The government has tentatively scheduled the swearing-in of Mr. Rajesh on September 6.

Mr. Rajesh will hand over his resignation to Deputy Speaker Chittayam Gopakumar.

The CPI(M) secretariat reportedly reckoned Mr. Rajesh had acquitted himself well as Speaker. It felt Mr. Rajesh had earned respect on either side of the aisle through his notable rulings, especially on gender and ethical issues, non-partisan approach to legislators, and fair interpretation of Assembly rules and proceedings.

The CPI(M) considers Mr. Shamseer, a two-time MLA an apt replacement for Mr. Rajesh. Mr. Shamseer has often thrust himself into heated Assembly debates, often taunting Opposition legislators in one-to-one exchanges shouted across the aisle.

A. N. Shamseer represents Thalassery State Assembly constituency since 2016. He was the CPM’s nominee for Lok Sabha in the Vadakara constituency in 2014 general elections.

The party now expects Mr. Shamseer to execute a different role as Speaker. The Cabinet might call a special session of the Assembly to elect the new Speaker.