Sumitra is LS Speaker

Sumitra is LS Speaker

BJP veteran Sumitra Mahajan was unanimously elected Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha on Friday with leaders urging her not to ignore the “splintered” opposition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved the motion to elect 71-year-old Mahajan as the Speaker. The motion was seconded by BJP patriarch L K Advani. Thirteen similar motions were moved by leaders cutting across party lines. The motion was adopted by a voice vote.

Mahajan was led to the Speaker’s Chair by Modi, Advani, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete, AIADMK’s M Thambidurai and other  members.

Mahajan is the second woman to occupy the post after her predecessor Meira Kumar. Leaders of all political parties said they expected Mahajan to protect the rights of all and take everyone along while conducting the proceedings.

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