Sumitra Mahajan elected 16thLok Sabha Speaker
BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan has been unanimously elected the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked all parties for unanimous election of new Speaker.
Senior leaders from all parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had moved motions on Thursday proposing Mahajan’s name for the high office.
Opposition leaders, including the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, M Thambidurai (AIADMK), Sudip Bandopadhyay (Trinamool Congress), B Mahtab (BJD), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), H D Deve Gowda (JDS), Supriya Sule (NCP), Mohammed Salip (CPM) and Jitendra Reddy (TRS) are among the 19-proposers for Mahajan’s name.
72-year-old Mahajan is an eight-term Lok Sabha member from Indore and has worked for long in the panel of chairperson of the house.
Mahajan, lovingly called ‘Tai’, is known for her amicable nature and has her friends and admirers in all parties.
The name of AIADMK member M Thambidurai is doing the rounds for the post of deputy Speaker since the party supremo and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha had a lengthy meeeting with the Prime Minister two days back.
The AIADMK recently made Thambidurai its Parliamentary party leader, a post he had held in the last Lok Sabha as well. Thambidurai represents Karur Lok Sabha constituency and has been a deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha some time back.
Thambidurai was deputy Speaker between 1985 and 1989. With the BJP-led NDA not having majority in the Rajya Sabha, it wants support from other parties and for this purpose, AIADMK, which has ten members in the upper house, is apparently being wooed. However, there has been no formal word either from the BJP or AIADMK on the issue.
In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP has just 42 members and its ally Shiv Sena-3, Shirmomani Akali Dal-3 and TDP-6. RPI-A is having one member.