Meira Kumar likely to be new Lok Sabha Speaker

May 30th, 2009 - 11:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Congress Party is likely to finalise the name of Union Water Resource Minister Meira Kumar for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, NDTV quoted sources as saying.

However, another TV Channel stated the names of Congress leader Girija Kumar Vyas and Meira Kumar was doing the rounds till late evening.

Meanwhile, Congress Party has proposed to assign the post of Deputy Speaker to the main Opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party, as per Parliamentary convention.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called up Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Lal Krishna Advani in the evening to inform him about UPA Government’s proposal over Deputy Speaker’s post, a ZEE news channel report stated in late evening.

Earlier in the day, a high-level meet of the Congress party, which included Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, was held here on Saturday to finalise the name for the post of the Lok Sabha Speaker.

The Core Group meet of the Congress was conducted at the residence of PM’ Dr. Singh in the afternoon.

Other prominent leaders attending the meet included Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Defence Minister A. K. Antony.

Kishore Chandra Deo, a senior Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh, is the front runner for the post.

During the meet, the Congress leadership had also discussed whether the post of Deputy Speakership should be given to the Opposition as per convention or to some ally. (ANI)

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