Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed the name of Ms Sumitra Mahajan for the Speaker of Lok Sabha. Her name was seconded by BJP patriarch LK Advani. Cutting across party lines, MPs have supported Sumitra’s name unanimously for the top seat. 71-year-old Sumitra will be the second woman to assume Speaker’s office after outgoing speaker Meira Kumar. Kamalnath has been made pro tem (time-being) speaker. Sumitra will officially take charge as Speaker Tomorrow.
Sumira has never lost the Lok Sabha elections since 1989 and was elected from Indore for the eighth time in the just-held polls by a margin of 4.67 lakh votes. She was a Minister of State in the Atal Behari Vajpayee government from 1999 to 2004.