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PM Modi likely to propose Speaker name on June 25 | India News



NEW DELHI: After new members’ oath-taking is completed on the first two days of Lok Sabha session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to propose the name of the new Lok Sabha Speaker on June 25 even as the BJP-led NDA, which has the majority, has still not announced its candidate’s name.
The first session of the 18th Lok Sabha is scheduled to commence from June 24 to July 3 and is likely to be reconvened in the last week of July for the Budget session.Sources said that BJP is likely to retain the Speaker’s post and not offer it to allies as it has far greater numbers than the NDA partners.
Since the President has notified June 26 as the date for the Speaker’s election, it is expected that the PM will propose the name for a consensus a day in advance, as all Speakers have so far been elected with a consensus. However, the opposition has threatened to field a candidate this time in case the post of deputy Lok Sabha Speaker is not given to them.
In the 12th Lok Sabha, under former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee – which lasted for 13 months, from March 10, 1998 to April 26, 1999-TDP leader G M C Balayogi was elected the Speaker in March 1998. He held the post for five years until 2002.
In 2002, during the full five-year term (1999-2004) of the BJP-led NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as PM, Shiv Sena’s Manohar Joshi was elected Speaker after the death of Balayogi in 2002.
In 2014 under the leadership of Narendra Modi, BJP alone won a total of 282 seats, more than the magic figure while together with NDA, its total strength in the LS was 336. The Party nominated Sumitra Mahajan for the post. In 2019, it improved its tally winning 303 seats on its own while the NDA tally was 353. Om Birla was nominated the Speaker in 2019.
Even in 2024, BJP is the single largest party with 240 seats, 32 seats short of the majority mark. However, the party is better placed than the Vajpayee era when it could not cross the 200 figure and its survival was critically dependent on the allies.





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