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Sumitra Mahajan to be LS Speaker

New Delhi, June 5 (PTI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sumitra Mahajan will be the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha, with senior leaders from all parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, proposing her name for the high office.

Mahajan's was the only name that was proposed as the time for filing nomination for the post came to a close at noon Thursday. The formal election will take place on Friday.

Opposition leaders, including the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, M Thambidurai (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), Sudip Bandopadhyay Trinamul Congress), B Mahtab (Biju Janata Dal), Mulayam Singh Yadav ( Samajwadi Party), H D Deve Gowda ( Janata Dal- Secular), Supriya Sule ( Nationalist Congress Party), Mohammed Salip ( Communist Party of India- Marxist) and Jitendra Reddy ( Telangana Rashtra Samithi) are among the 19-proposers for Mahajan's name.        

Mahajan, 72, is an eight-term Lok Sabha member from Indore and has worked for long in the panel of Chairperson of the House.

Besides the Prime Minister, other BJP leaders who have given motions proposing her name include Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj.

The motion given by the Prime Minister is seconded by BJP veteran L K Advani while that of Rajnath is by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Santosh Gangwar. Swaraj's motion has been seconded by BJP leader Giriraj Singh.

The other proposers in the ruling National Democratic Alliance include Ram Vilas Paswan ( Lok Janshakti Party), Anant Geete (Shiv Sena), Thota Narsimham ( Telugu Desam Party) and Harsimrat Kaur Badal ( Shiromani Akali Dal).        

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 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, SAD-3, TDP-6, and the Republican Party of India (Athavale) is having one member.


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