Agencies, New Delhi
Eighth term Indore MP, Sumitra nee Tai Mahajan, was today unanimously elected the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha as the BJP establishment set in. The motion, moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seconded by L K Advani, was carried by a voice vote.
Ms Mahajan received a standing ovation as she occupied the august post, the fourth Maharashtrian after G V Mavalankar, the first LS speaker, Shivraj Patil and Manohar Joshi.
With approximately 315 first-time MPs, Mr Modi said, the 16th Lok Sabha was comparable to the first.
The House, he said, had an opportunity to present India to the world as a powerful democracy with new energy leaving behind many old traditions and establishing new ones.
Out of 19 motions moved by members cutting across political lines, 16 were accepted. After Ms Mahajan was declared elected, she was invited by the pro tem Speaker, Kamal Nath, to occupy the chair.
The Prime Minister, Mr Advani, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, SP’s Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of the Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge, AIADMK’s M Thambidurai along with other proposers rose to felicitate Ms Mahajan.
This House, the PM said, can be a temple of national energy under ‘your guidance.’ The new blood, he said, has the opportunity to display to the world the strength of Indian democracy.