AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi sworn-in as Telangana Assembly’s pro-tem Speaker

BJP's eight MLA-designates stayed away from the ceremony while T Harish Rao and Pocharam Srinvas Reddy represented the Opposition BRS. 

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Dec 09, 2023 | 9:32 AMUpdatedDec 09, 2023 | 10:36 AM

Akbaruddin Owaisi pro-tem Speaker

AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi was sworn-in as the pro-tem Speaker of the Telangana Legislative Assembly on Saturday, 9 December.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Owaisi, a six-time MLA. He will administer the oath to the elected members of the Assembly a little later.

All the newly-elected MLAs of Telangana would take oath during the first session of the Legislative Assembly that was slated to begun at 11 am on Saturday.

Pro-tem Speaker Akbaruddin Owaisi will administer oath to the legislators.

Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, who was in Delhi, returned to Hyderabad on time to attend Owaisi’s swearing-in ceremony.

BJP MLAs skip ceremony

The eight MLA-elects from the BJP skipped the ceremony even as former minister T Harish Rao and former speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy represented the Opposition BRS.

BJP’s T Raja Singh on Friday declared that none of the party’s new members would take oath if Owaisi, known for his alleged anti-Hindu stand, was nominated as the pro-tem Speaker.

The BRS will elect its leader in the Assembly with former chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao undergoing a hip-replacement surgery after suffering a fracture in a fall in the washroom of his farmhouse at Erraville in Siddipet district early on Friday, 8 December.