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Karia Munda, consensus candidate for Deputy Speaker

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NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party’s tribal leader from Jharkhand Karia Munda has emerged as the consensus candidate for the post of Deputy Speaker.

At 3.15 p.m. on Friday, when the time for submitting ‘motions’ seeking the election of a person to the position came to an end, there were 13 sets of papers signed by leaders of different political parties all in favour of Mr. Munda as the next Deputy Speaker. The election is scheduled to take place on Monday.

Two sets of papers were filed by the BJP, the first signed by L.K. Advani and Rajnath Singh, and the second by Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar. Four sets were signed by National Democratic Alliance partners: Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal (United), Anant Geethe of the Shiv Sena, R.S. Ajnala of the Akali Dal and Ajit Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

From the Congress, it was Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee who proposed Mr. Munda’s name and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal seconded it. Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress MP S. Bandopadhyaya, former Union Minister T.R. Baalu signed on behalf of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and E. Ahamad for the Muslim League. While Lalu Prasad signed for the Rashtriya Janata Dal, for the Samajwadi Party it was Rewati Raman Singh.

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