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BJP MP Virendra Kumar to be Pro-tem speaker of Lok Sabha

Virendra Kumar   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar will be the Pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha, official sources said on Tuesday.

The first all-party meeting will be convened on June 16, before the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha to be held from June 17 to 26.

Mr. Kumar, 65, is a seven-term member of Parliament. He won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh. As Pro-tem Speaker, he will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha, administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs, and oversee the election of the Speaker. He was a Minister of State in the previous Narendra Modi government.

In the first week of the session, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker will be elected.

While the government has convened the all-party meeting, the Opposition parties have not called a meeting yet to discuss their floor strategy. A meeting of the Opposition parties was scheduled on May 31, but it was cancelled as most of the leaders were busy analysing the Lok Sabha election results.

“Since May 31, the Opposition’s position has radically changed,” a senior leader of the Opposition said. BSP leader Mayawati parted ways with the Samajwadi Party and announced that the BSP would contest the Assembly by-elections on its own. With violence increasing in West Bengal, the Trinamool is busy containing the situation instead of working for unity among the Opposition parties.


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