Meira Kumar to be unanimously elected Speaker in LS today

June 3rd, 2009 - 11:26 am ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Meira Kumar will be elected unanimously the first woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha today.

Kumar is the consensus candidate of the ruling UPA and the opposition BJP.She is the only candidate in the fray after nominations were filed on Tuesday. All the 14 sets of nomination papers are in her favour.

The nominations had the signatures of leaders of all the parties including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition L K Advani.

Kumar hails from the Dalit community and is better known as the daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram.

Born in Patna in 1945, she is law graduate and holds a Masters in English literature. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973 and served at the embassies in Spain, United Kingdom and Mauritius.

Kumar was elected from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh in 1985. She became Member of Parliament in the 11th and 12th Lok Sabha by contesting from Delhi’s Karol Bagh constituency.

In 1999, she lost her seat, but was re-elected by a record majority from Sasaram in Bihar in 2004.

In 2004, she was inducted into the first Manmohan Singh cabinet, as Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

On May 29, 2009, she assumed charge as the Union Minister for Water Resources in the newly elected UPA Government.

She is married to Manjul Kumar, a Supreme Court lawyer. The couple have three married children. (ANI)

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