BHOPAL: The race for the post of Speaker and Deputy Speaker has begun to hot up as the date for the session of the House is nearing. The BJP has agreed that the Speaker should be from the Vindhya region. The contenders for the post of Speaker from the region are Girish Gautam, Kedar Shukla, Rajendra Shukla, Nagendra Singh Nagaud and Nagendra Singh Gurh.
The chief minister is in favour of Rajendra Shukla, but the BJP organisation is against his candidacy. Shukla is not among candidates whose names the party organisation has suggested to Chouhan. Besides Gautam, the organisation has suggested the names of Kedar Shukla and Nagendra Singh. All these legislators have won elections several times.
In terms of seniority, all these legislators are equal to each other. Therefore, it has become difficult for the party to select a candidate for the post of Speaker. Chouhan and other leaders of the party may hold discussions on the issue at the legislators’ training camp being held in Ujjain. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar has also reached Ujjain. As other senior leaders of the party are also in Ujjain, there may be some discussions on the matter.
Apart from Speaker, the BJP has to elect a Deputy Speaker. The BJP plans to keep the post of Deputy Speaker with it as the Congress had done. For this, the party is looking for a candidate from the Mahakaushal region. The party is mulling over the names of Nandini Marawi, Sanjay Pathak and Dinesh Rai for the post.
Because the Vidhan Sabha session is beginning on February 22, the BJP has to choose candidates for these posts as early as possible.