Senior legislator Mandali Buddha Prasad has been unanimously elected as Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao announced Mandali's election in the House on Monday.
Mandali, who inherited his late father Venkata Krishna Rao's political legacy, has been elected to the Assembly for the third time from Avanigadda constituency in Krishna district. He had also served as a minister in the YS Rajasekhara Reddy government.
Mandali joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on the eve of the recent elections, protesting the Congress' decision to bifurcate the state. He had also served as Chairman of the AP Official Language Commission.
Leader of the House N Chandrababu Naidu, Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy, ministers and legislators congratulated Mandali on his election as deputy speaker.