Meanwhile, Kota MP Om Birla is set to be the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha as the Lower House of Parliament meets on Day 2 of the Budget Session today. The Speaker is the conventional head of the Lower House with a constitutional status at par with that of the Chief Justice of India. It is the Speaker who decides when a member speaks, how much time she gets, what gets included in official account and which statements get expunged, and whether, in cases of a member causing disturbance, she remains in the House or is expelled from it.
Pralhad Joshi on the candidature | "PM, Defence Min, Home Min, Transport Min were the proposers. BJD, Shiv Sena, National People's Party, Mizo National Front, Akali Dal, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK, & Apna Dal have signed the proposal," Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said. "We have talked to Congress, they haven't signed the proposal yet but they won't oppose it, I've met Ghulam Nabi Azad."
BJP National Working President J P Nadda arrives at the Parliament. Speculations were rife that the former BJP Yuva Morcha chief may get the top post in the Bharatiya Janata Party after its president Amit Shah joined the Modi government. However, defence minister Rajnath Singh yesterday announced that Nadda would be party's working chief for six months.
An enthusiastic Bhagwant Mann raised the slogan of 'Inquilab Zindabad' after he took oath as the member of Parliament.
Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party MP from Punjab's Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann takes oath as member of the Lok Sabha, concludes with "Inquilab Zindabad". pic.twitter.com/S6LSzSkLRC— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2019
Who's Who Arrive | Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Hema Malini and MPs Hans Raj Hans and Ravi Kishan arrive at the Parliament separately.
Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Hema Malini arrives at the Parliament. pic.twitter.com/ea654bi9xr— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2019
Congress Undecided on Party Leader | "The issue of appointment of the leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha was not discussed," said Congress leader from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who attended the party's strategy meeting. However, sources said, along with Chowdhury, Kerala unit working president K Suresh, party spokesperson Manish Tewari and Thiruvanathapuram MP Shashi Tharoor are in the running for the post.
Day 2 of Budget Session Commences | As swearing-in begins, first time MP and actor Sunny Deol of the BJP who was elected from Gurdaspur, Punjab, takes oath.
Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Punjab's Gurdaspur, Sunny Deol takes oath as member of the 17th Lok Sabha. pic.twitter.com/ut0EPMEiu2— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2019
Congress Strategy Meet | Congress leaders P. Chidambaram, K. Suresh, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jairam Ramesh and Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary met at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's residence on Tuesday to discuss the party's strategy in Parliament during the Budget Session. Party President Rahul Gandhi was also expected to join the meeting.
Several members took oath in their mother tongue, like most of the YSR Congress Party MPs in Telegu. Many members from Assam took oath in Assamese. BJP members from Bihar Gopal jee Thakur and Ashok Kumar Yadav took oath in Maithili BJP member from Bihar Jarnardhan Singh Sigriwal expressed desire to take oath in Bhojpuri, but the Lok Sabha Secretary General said the language was not in the eight schedule of the Constitution.
Multilingual Swearing-in | While the Prime Minister and most of Union Ministers took oath in Hindi, Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Sripad Naik, Ashwini Chaubey and Pratap Chandra Sarangi did so in Sanskrit. D V Sadananda Gowda and Prahlad Joshi took oath in Kannada, Harsimrat Kaur Badal took oath in Punjabi.
Speaker to be Announced Today | A day after the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha began, the name of the Speaker of the newly-constituted lower house is likely to be announced today. Several leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were sworn-in on the first day. Among others, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari took oath.
File image of Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi. (PTI Photo)
Once the ruling party takes the decision on the name, it is officially proposed by the Prime Minister or the minister of parliamentary affairs. This time the motion to propose the name has to be done before Tuesday noon. All the motions proposed will have to be seconded by one member. The member whose name has been proposed has to give in writing her willing to accept the chair of the speaker. All these documents have to be addressed to the secretary general, Lok Sabha.
The Budget Session of the 17th Lok Sabha began on Monday and saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others take oath.
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