India Alliance refuses to help Protem Speaker, chaos even before Parliament session begins

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: The first session of the Lok Sabha in the third term of the Modi government is going to start from June 24. Even before the start of this session, the opposition Bharat Alliance has expressed its intentions. Even before the election of the Speaker, the Bharat Alliance has objected to the selection of the Protem Speaker. Now news is coming out that the opposition leaders nominated to assist the Protem Speaker (temporary Speaker) of the Lok Sabha are considering rejecting this responsibility. The opposition has accused the Congress of ignoring eight-time Lok Sabha MP Kodikunnil Suresh for the Protem Speaker. After BJP MP Bhartruhari Mahtab was made the Protem Speaker in place of Kodikunnil Suresh, now the Bharat Alliance may reject Mahtab's role of assisting in taking oath of new members.Which MPs were included in the panel?
Mahtab, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Odisha's Cuttack Lok Sabha seat, was appointed as the Pro Tem Speaker by President Draupadi Murmu under Article 95 (1) of the Constitution. He will discharge the duties of the Speaker until the election of the Speaker on June 26. The President has also constituted a panel of senior MPs to assist Mahtab. It includes MPs from three opposition parties – Congress leader K Suresh, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sudip Bandopadhyay and DMK MP TR Baalu. The list also includes BJP leaders Radha Mohan Singh and Faggan Singh Kulaste.

BJP and Congress face to face over the pro tem speaker

The Congress has even alleged that Kodikunnil Suresh was ignored by the BJP government because he belonged to the Dalit community. Sources in the opposition camp said Suresh, Baalu ​​and Bandyopadhyay may not accept the role given to them. Responding to the opposition's allegations, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju justified Mahtab's appointment, saying the longest-serving MP without any break is chosen for the post. He said Mahtab has been a member of the Lok Sabha seven times without any break. Currently, if we exclude ministers, he is the longest-serving member. He talked about K Suresh. He has a total of eight terms, but there were breaks in 2004 and 1998. There has been no violation, only those will feel (that there has been a violation) who have not read the system or its rules.

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The controversy escalated even before the session began
The appointment of the pro tem speaker ahead of the first session of Parliament after the Lok Sabha elections has become a bone of contention between the government and the opposition. The opposition is already preparing to corner the government on several issues, including the NEET-NET case, train accident in Bengal, implementation of new criminal laws, sudden surge in share prices after exit polls and fall on the day of election results.

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