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Dal pushes Iqbal for Speaker

New Delhi, Dec. 28: Announcing its support to the newly formed Aam Admi Party government in Delhi, the JD(U) today asked for the seat of Speaker for its lone legislator, Shoaib Iqbal.

Iqbal, an MLA from Matia Mahal constituency, had joined chief minister Nitish Kumar’s party after quitting Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party ahead of the recently held state elections.

Today, as Arvind Kejriwal took oath as Delhi chief minister at Ramlila Maidan, Iqbal met him and conveyed him the party’s official line of extending support to the minority government that is also being supported by the Congress from outside.

JD(U) Delhi president and Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali said though the party was offering “unconditional support” to the Kejriwal government, it was justified to make Iqbal as Speaker given his experience. “He is a prominent minority leader in Delhi and a five-term MLA and has been a deputy Speaker in the Assembly earlier. We are favouring the Kejriwal government because of its secular credentials,” said Ali.

Sources pointed out that Iqbal carries a reputation of changing parties to suit his political interests and now has gone to town to profess his support for the AAP.

The reported closeness between Iqbal and Kejriwal is apparently against the stand of the AAP as party leaders, including Kejriwal, have been vocal against people with dubious background joining politics.