AAP candidate MS Dhir has become Speaker of the Delhi Assembly with Congress supporting his candidature, after it issued a party whip to its MLAs regarding the same. "We have issued a whip to our MLAs to support the AAP candidate," Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely said. Opposition BJP fielded its candidate Jagdish Mukhi in the election scheduled later in the day. Congress yesterday had backed the confidence motion by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.
Mukhi and Dhir are the only candidates left in the fray for the post after the deadline for filing nominations expired. AAP, which has 28 MLAs, needs the backing of eight Congress MLAs to secure the Speaker's post for itself. It can also count on the support of lone JD(U) MLA and an Independent who also backed the confidence motion.