Brij Bihari Lal Butail was unanimously elected as the new speaker of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on 9 January 2013. Brij Bihari Lal Butail is the five-time MLA as well as Senior Congress leader.
Butail was elected as the speaker unananimously after the BJP decided that none of its candidate should field for this designation, leaving him as the only choice.
Three nominations for Butail were filed which included, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania, second by Leader of the opposition P K Dhumal and state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti as well as third by the Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes and Housing Minister Sudhir Sharma.
Butail got elected for the fifth time to Vidhan Sabha from Palampur. He remained as the minister as well as political advisor to Chief Minister. Butail is the 12th Speaker of the state Assembly as well as second from Palampur.
About Brij Bihari Lal Butail
•Butail was born in 1941. He has remained the legislator of assembly for five times. He was elected for the first time in 1985. Thereafter, he was elected in 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2012.
•Butail is also a tea planter and one of the wealthiest MLAs in HP. The worth of his property overall is 169 crore Rupees.