Advani touted for LS Speaker’s post

New Delhi :  Even while the BJP is exploring to elevate Lal Krishan Advani as the Lok Sabha Speaker, he qualifies to be the pro-tem Speaker to administer the oath of office to the newly-elected members for being the longest serving member of Parliament.

The BJP patriarch meets the criteria as this will be his 11th term – four as a Rajya Sabha member and seven as member of Lok Sabha

Though the practice is to pick up the longest serving member of the House, Lok Sabha Secretary General P Sreedharan on Thursday said the experience of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha is counted in choosing the pro-tem Speaker, who presides until the election of the full-fledged Speaker.

He said Advani meets the criteria as this will be his 11th term – four as a member of the Rajya Sabha and seven as a member of the Lok Sabha. It’s for the new government to recommend the pro-tem Speaker, who is then

administered oath of office by the President.

However, if Advani declines the job, it will be again outgoing Minister of State for Social Justice and Employment Manik Rao Gavit, if he is re-elected from Nandurbar in Maharashtra for the 10th term, to fulfill the responsibility he performed in the last 15th Lok Sabha as well in 2009. Another MP having the equal standing is CPI (M) leader Basudeb Acharia if he is re-elected from Bankura to don the hat as the pro-tem Speaker.

The Secretary-General discussed appointment of the pro-tem Speaker in reply to a question at a press conference he held to give out the details of the arrangements made by the Lok Sabha secretariat for facilitating the newly-elected members of the 16th Lok Sabha.

Six guidance centres will start functioning from today, at Delhi airport and four railway stations at Delhi, New Delhi, Hazrat Nizammuddin and Anand Vihar, and continue till May 21 to provide round-the-clock assistant for registration and temporary accommodation to the newly-elected members. These will also function during the first three days of the opening session of the new Lok Sabha.

Sreedharan said arrangements have also been made in Room No 62 of Parliament House for providing all necessary assistance round-the-clock from May 16 to May 26 in filling up various forms and providing temporary identity card to the MP and the spouse as also the railway pass. Arrangements have been made in the state-run Ashoka Hotel and the state guest houses for transit accommodation until the MPs get the confirmed governmentresidence as one of the privileges.

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