This is not the first time that the Lok Sabha Speaker is being elected, know when the voting for the Speaker's chair was held

Ananya Shroff
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This is not the first time that the Lok Sabha Speaker is being elected, know when the voting for the Speaker's chair was held


New Delhi: Most of the MPs have taken oath for the 18th Lok Sabha. Now the formal proceedings of the Lok Sabha will begin on Wednesday. To run the House smoothly, the Lok Sabha Speaker will also be elected tomorrow. This time too, Om Birla has been nominated for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker by the BJP and NDA. Last time he was elected unanimously. But this time the All India Alliance has also fielded eight-time MP K Suresh from Kerala's Mavelikara seat for the post of Speaker. Usually the Lok Sabha Speaker is elected without election, but this time due to lack of consensus between the government and the opposition, the Speaker is sure to be elected. But this will not be the first time that the Lok Sabha Speaker is being elected. Earlier, elections have been held twice for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.

First election of the Speaker of Lok Sabha

After the country's first general election in 1952, there was no consensus in Parliament on the Lok Sabha Speaker and elections were held. First Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru proposed to elect freedom fighter and former Constituent Assembly member GV Mavalankar as the Speaker. Malaviya was supported by the then Parliamentary Affairs Minister Satya Narayan Sinha, Darbhanga Madhya MP SN Das and Gurgaon MP Pandit Thakur Das Bhargava. But Kannur MP AK Gopalan, founder of the communist movement and one of the 16 other opposition MPs, proposed in favour of Shantaram More. More was the founder of the Bharatiya Kisan and Mazdoor Party. The opposition MPs supported him.

History is repeating itself this time too

In 1952, the Speaker was elected in the House. Mavalankar was elected Speaker with 394 votes, while 55 MPs opposed his nomination. Coincidentally, this time too the opposition candidate for the post of Speaker, K. Suresh, is also an MP from Mavelikara in Kerala. Apart from this, it is also a coincidence that this time the Speaker's election was on the issue whether the government will give the post of Deputy Speaker to the opposition or not. That is, in 1952, the Congress did not give the post of Deputy Speaker to the opposition and today the same party is demanding the post of Deputy Speaker from the government citing democracy.

Second election of the Speaker of Lok Sabha

The election of the second Lok Sabha Speaker was held in 1976. In fact, after the declaration of Emergency in 1975, the term of the 5th Lok Sabha was extended by one year. After this, in 1976, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi proposed to elect Congress MP BR Bhagat as the Speaker. This was supported by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghu Ramaiya. Bhavnagar MP PM Mehta proposed the name of Jagannath Rao Joshi. Joshi of Jan Sangh was supported by Hajipur MP DN Singh (Congress O). Bhagat was later elected Speaker. 344 votes were cast in his favour and 58 against him.


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