Mahajan likely to succeed Kumar as Lok Sabha Speaker

If everything goes by the script, she would be the second woman to occupy this office, the first being Meira Kumar.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 5, 2014 1:20 am
Mahajan, an eighth-term Lok Sabha member from Indore, had publicly maintained so far that she was not aware of any BJP move to pick her up for the post. Mahajan, an eighth-term Lok Sabha member from Indore, had publicly maintained so far that she was not aware of any BJP move to pick her up for the post.

Senior BJP member Sumitra Mahajan is likely to be elected the next Lok Sabha Speaker on Friday. Given the fact that the BJP has a majority of its own in the House, she would be in all probability elected unopposed.

If everything goes by the script, she would be the second woman to occupy this office, the first being Meira Kumar. Mahajan, an eighth-term Lok Sabha member from Indore, had publicly maintained so far that she was not aware of any BJP move to pick her up for the post. However, sources in the BJP disclosed she had been sounded about the proposal by party president Rajnath Singh.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu told the media that “personally, I am in favour of the post of deputy speaker being given to the Opposition”. He did not specify whether it automatically qualified the Congress for the post or the BJP could offer it to the AIADMK, the Trinamool or the BJD, which could back the government on some crucial issues. Sources in the government said the post could go to Thambidurai of the AIADMK.

Naidu said the swearing-in of members would be concluded Thursday and if needed, the House could sit longer. The election of the Speaker will be held as per the schedule on June 6, he added.

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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
    According to the Pune police, is a history-sheeter who has been named in 23 cases of extortion, rioting and other criminal offences. Being a chief of Hindu Rashtra Sena whose members have already been arrested by police for murder of 24-year-old IT professional Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh in Hadapsar.
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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
    Desai, the Hindu Rashtra Sena chief was chief guest at a function to release a book by Sanatan Sanstha activist Vikram Bhave, who has been convicted by sessions court in the Thane blast case.
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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
    Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) was formed about a decade ago by Desai, who hails from Mumbai and currently stays at Paud in Pune district, the HRS is known for its aggressive agitations on Hindutva issues.
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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
    Hindu Rashtra Sena was in news for the attack on Star News office at Mumbai in April 2007 ( for telecasting a news item on a Hindu girl falling in love with a Muslim youth) and for staging protests outside Dutt’s Mumbai residence in May 2013 claiming that he was being given VIP treatment in jail.
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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:26 am
    I request you Mr Narendra Modiji to abolish caste quota allocation of seats in each n every sector like in jobs n school college admissions etc..Under SC ST an average person gets his job done easily while a well qualified Other caste person struggles...Please change this structure and see an able person comes in first priority..
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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
    On several occasions Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Desai has shared stage with controversial right-wing leaders like Pramod Muthalik of Shri Ram Sene and Himani Savarkar of Abhinav Bharat, members of which have been arrested by state ATS for their involvement in Malegaon 2008 blasts.
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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
    The Hindu Rashtra Sena had also taken an aggressive stand in support of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and other Hindu radicals arrested in the Malegaon blast case by state ATS lead by late Hemant Karkare.
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    Mahesh Sarin
    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:26 am
    The aftermath of uploading of derogatory images of Chatrapati Shivaji and late Shiv Sena chief Bala Saheb Thakerey has led to the sporadic violence by the right wing activists across the Maharashtra state resulting into the destruction of public and private properties.
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