Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader and MLA from Itwa constituency, Mata Prasad Pandey is all set to become the next Speaker of Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
Pandey's nomination was the only one filed for the post till the expiry of time for the process and he is likely to be elected unopposed as the speaker, Vidhan Sabha sources said.
Newly elected MLAs of all the parties, including independents, supported the candidature of Pandey, they said, adding a formal announcement in this regard would be made on Friday.
Pandey was the Speaker of the House during the previous SP government led by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Meanwhile, the process of administering oath to the new members of the House continued on Thursday.