Sumitra Mahajan is the new Speaker of Lok Sabha
Moneylife Digital Team 06 June 2014

Sumitra Mahajan, the longest-serving woman MP was unanimously elected as Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha

Eight-term member of Parliament (MP), Sumitra Mahajan was on Friday unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha, thus becoming the second woman presiding officer of the Lower House, after her predecessor Meira Kumar.

71-year-old Mahajan, the longest-serving woman MP from Indore, was elected after a motion moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seconded by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader LK Advani was adopted by voice vote called by Protem Speaker Kamal Nath.

About 13 similar motions proposed and seconded by several parties in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (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.

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