Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government is likely to offer the post of deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha to a party from the Opposition, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said.

“The post of the deputy speaker would be given to the Opposition,” Naidu told reporters in Parliament.

Speculations are rife that the post of the deputy speaker may be offered to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

The Jayalalithaa-led party has 37 members in the lower house and is the third largest group in a House of 543 members, including three vacancies after the resignation of Narendra Modi from Vadodara, Mulayam  Singh Yadav from Mainpuri and the demise of Bharatiya Janata Party member Gopinath Munde.

The talk about offering the deputy speaker’s post to AIADMK gains credence from observations that Modi wants to keep the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in good humour as he would need her party’s support in the Rajya Sabha where the NDA is in a minority.

In case the AIADMK is not convinced to accept the offer, the other opposition party to whom the deputy speaker post could be offered could be Biju Janata Dal, the BJP leader said.

Meanwhile, veteran BJP leader and eight-time Lok Sabha member from Indore Sumitra Mahajan appeared to be the front-runner for the post of the Speaker of new Lok Sabha, a BJP leader said.

Naidu also clarified that the tenure of the current session of Parliament would remain the same and the Lok Sabha would sit late to cover up for the first day of adjournment forced by Munde’s death.

As per the standing schedule of the current session, the oath-taking was to continue for the first two days and Speaker was to be elected on Friday.

The President is scheduled to address the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament on Monday. The motion of thanks to the President was to be debated and passed by Jun 11, following which the session would conclude.

With the first day of session being adjourned, the scheduled oath taking of new members would now commence from Thursday with the member of the council of ministers being the first to be administered the oath of office by the pro-tem speaker Kamal Nath.

This would be followed by swearing-in of other members, Naidu said.

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