Manikrao Gavit appointed Protem Speaker

75-year-old Gavit, who belongs to Congress, will perform the duties of the Speaker till the election of a new Speaker on June three.

Nine-term member Gavit, having a cumulative experience of 27 years and eight months in Lok Sabha, was elected from the tribal constituency of Nandurbar in Maharashtra and had served as Minister of State for Home in the UPA government.

The President also appointed a panel four senior members -- Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M), Arjun Charan Sethi (BJD), Biren Singh Engti (Congress) and Sumitra Mahajan (BJP) -- to administer oath to the new members.

The President made these appointments yesterday, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said today.

The first person to be administered oath will be Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee followed by Leader of the Opposition L K Advani.

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