AIADMK’s M Thambidurai is set to be the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha. A formal election is scheduled for Wednesday. Thambidurai has held the post earlier too.
Thambidurai was the sole candidate to file his nomination papers as the deadline expired at noon on Tuesday. A total of 12 sets of nomination papers proposing Thambidurai name were filed by 11 parties, including the BJP, Shiv Sena, TDP, LJP, Congress, AIADMK, SP, TMC, BJD, TRS and YSR Congress Party.
The proposers from the BJP were Rajnath Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi and the seconders were Sushma Swaraj and L K Advani. The other proposers were Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), Ramvilas Paswan ( LJP), Anant Geete (Shiv Sena), K Sriniavasa Rao (TDP), Jitendra Reddy (TRS), B Renuka (YSR Congress Party), Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC) and Bhartruhari Mahatab (BJD).
Thambidurai has been the AIADMK’s face in Delhi for years.The rumour mills in Chennai a couple of years ago had it that Jayalalithaa had selected Thambidurai to succeed her as CM if she were to be convicted in the DA case. Thambidurai became an MP for the first time in 1984 and became the Deputy Speaker on his debut. Sources in the AIADMK said he had a “channel of communication” with the then PM Rajiv Gandhi. When the AIADMK joined the A B Vajpayee government in 1998, he was the minister for Law and Justice and Company Affairs.
Meanwhile, sources said the Congress had asked for the chairmanship of three standing committees. The sources said the government was going to concede them two. Accordingly, the BJD may get the chairmanship of the Standing Committee on Finance.