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Sumitra Mahajan to be Lok Sabha speaker

IANS 05 Jun 2014, 19:15:01 IST
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan would be the next speaker of the Lok Sabha, becoming the second woman after Meira Kumar to hold the post.

Mahajan's was the only name proposed when the time for filing nominations for the speaker's post came to a close Thursday.

Senior leaders from all parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, moved motions proposing her name.

The others who proposed her name included Congress Parliamentary Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge, AIADMK's M. Thambidurai, Trinamool Congress' Sudip Bandopadhyay, and Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav.