Pramila Mallik becomes first woman speaker of Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: It was a historic moment for the Odisha Legislative Assembly as Binjharpur MLA Pramila Mallik became the first woman Speaker of the House, today.

The BJD legislator was elected unopposed as Opposition BJP and Congress hadn’t fielded any candidate for the Speaker election.

She had yesterday resigned from the post of Revenue and Disaster Management Minister and filed nomination for the election.

The BJD had earlier announced her name as the party’s candidate for the poll.

The Speaker post in Odisha Assembly had been falling vacant after the resignation of Bikram Keshari Arukha in May, this year.

Notably, Mallik served as the Women and Child Development Minister in Odisha from 2004 to 2011. She was also the government chief whip from 2019 to 2022.

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