Sumitra Mahajan unanimously elected as Speaker of 16th Lok Sabha; Modi, Kharge congratulate her

Eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan is the second female speaker of the Lok Sabha after Meira Kumar.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 3:01 pm
Accepting the post graciously, Mahajan said the new assignment was a challenging one and that she would try to do justice with all without letting down any member. Accepting the post graciously, Mahajan said new assignment was a challenging one and that she would try to do justice with all without letting down any member.

Veteran BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan, a battle-hardened leader who has risen from the ranks, was Friday unanimously elected Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha, becoming the second woman to occupy the prestigious position after her predecessor Meira Kumar.

71-year-old Mahajan, the longest-serving woman MP, was elected after adoption of a motion moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seconded by BJP veteran L K Advani by voice vote called by Protem Speaker Kamal Nath.

13 similar motions proposed and seconded by several parties in the ruling NDA as also in the opposition supporting Mahajan were also approved by the House.

Mahajan was led to the Speaker’s Chair by the Prime Minister, Advani, Anant Geete, M Thambidurai as also a number of opposition leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sudip Bandyopadhyay, besides Parliamentary Affairs  Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Accepting the post graciously, Mahajan said the new assignment was a challenging one and that she would try to do
justice with all without letting down any member.

Modi congratulated Mahajan and thanked all parties and members for unanimously electing her and keeping up the great
tradition of electing the presiding officer without a contest.

Noting that the Speaker’s name “Sumitra” itself gives a feeling of friendliness, he said, “It is a matter of pride for
all of us that a woman is at the helm of the temple of world’s largest democracy and we hope that her guidance would help us
in the smooth conduct of the House.”

Terming her election as a “proud moment for our democracy”, the Prime Minister wished her the very best in her role as
Speaker and assured her “complete support and co-operation in the smooth running of the House.”

Kharge, Leader of Congress party in the Lok Sabha, suggested that Mahajan should take everyone along, amidst his
party’s expectations that the Speaker would grant him the Leader of the Opposition status, a Cabinet-rank position.

“Hayat le ke chalo, kaynat le ke chalo, zamane ko sath le ke chalo,” (let us embrace all, the whole universe, let us
keep the whole world as our company),” he said.

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First Published on: June 6, 2014 11:41 am
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    Varun Lohiar
    Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
    At least, components of the Sangh Parivar may put pressure on the government on that front with a simple argument: we are now in a position to implement our program. And the government may implement some items of this program for defusing this pressure or if it is losing ground on the socio-economic front.
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      Varun Lohiar
      Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
      Listing the VHP’s priority issues, Ashok Singhal said, “Common Civil Code is not only a key to the fundamental unity and integrity of Bharat, but its implementation is also binding in the light of the Supreme Court’s decree. Legal prohibition of horizontal religious conversions is a necessity to ensure peace and well-being of the society.
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        Varun Lohiar
        Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
        More importantly, the magnitude of the BJP's success in the long term may be such that, eventually, items which are not on the NDA agenda but on the BJP agenda – like the abolition of Article 370, the Uniform Civil Code and the building of a Ram temple in Ayodhya – may become the order of the day.
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          Varun Lohiar
          Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
          Mr Narendra Modi. Are you listening? People who served the nation in their respective fields/sectors and have their clean image should also be invited and brought in the ministries as a state and cabinet ministers. Either they are from private or from Government sectors.
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            Varun Lohiar
            Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
            Saying that a Ram Temple in Ayodhya would be built soon under the Narendra Modi-led regime, VHP leader Ashok Singhal said, ‘Mazboot sarkar bani hai, mazbooti se banega (It is a strong government, a strong temple will be built)… the responsibility of Ram Temple has come on the new government, and they should do it.’
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              Varun Lohiar
              Jun 6, 2014 at 9:28 am
              So religious minorities need to worry less for their rights and more for their visibility in the public sphere? Yes, and no. The polarisation strategy can be routinised in the form of a politics of fear. The fear of the other can rely on fake encounters for instance.
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                Varun Lohiar
                Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
                There was a large section in the country that dreamt of the return of our lost rule in Prime Minister Narendra Modi regime. After Prithviraj Chauhan, it is now that Hindutva has got the reins of Bharat, Singhal told a press conference here.
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                  Varun Lohiar
                  Jun 6, 2014 at 9:29 am
                  This is the Plan B I, which may be seen as a provocation by the minorities, and which may be deliberately offensive. Comaparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal said the new government will help restore ‘Hindutva’s lost rule’ by facilitating the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, imposing a Common Civil Code and banning cow slaughter.
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                    Patriot Indian
                    Jun 6, 2014 at 7:46 am
                    Great day for India. Heartiest congrats.
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                      ramdas
                      Jun 6, 2014 at 7:42 am
                      Women MP's are getting empowered in Modiji cabinet. It's good.
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                        velamur Janardhanam
                        Jun 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm
                        This should prove to the women of India how much Modi respects the women of India and how keen he is to improve the lot of women. We will see more of it in the coming days. The fact that he made Anandhiben Patel as the CM of Gujarat is another proof. Hope the left liberals of Lutyens of Delhi are more convinced than ever. Congrats to Sumitraji for being the second women MP to become the speaker of Lok Sabha. We wish her well. She comes with tons of parliamentary experience.
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