List of speakers of the Punjab Legislative Assembly
In the Republic of India, the various central and state legislatures are presided by either a Speaker or a Chairman. The Speaker is elected in the very first meeting of the Punjab Legislative Assembly after the General elections for a term of 5 years from amongst the members of the Vidhan Sabha. The Speaker holds office until either he ceases to be a member of the Vidhan Sabha or he himself resigns. The Speaker can be removed from office by a resolution passed in the Vidhan Sabha by an effective majority of its members. In the absence of a Speaker, the meeting of Punjab Legislative Assembly is presided over by the Deputy Speaker. The incumbent Speaker is Rana Kanwar Pal Singh and the deputy speaker is Ajaib Singh Bhatti of Indian National Congress.
|Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly|
|Appointer||Members of Punjab Legislative Assembly|
|Term length||5 years|
no renewable limit
|Inaugural holder||Shahab-ud-Din Virk|
|Formation||6 April 1937; 84 years ago|
|Deputy||Ajaib Singh Bhatti|
(since 16 June 2017)
Powers and functions of the SpeakerEdit
Following are the functions and position of Speakers.
- The Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha conducts the business in house, and decides whether a bill is a money bill or not.
- They maintain discipline and decorum in the house and can punish a member for their unruly behaviour by suspending them.
- They also permit the moving of various kinds of motions and resolutions such as a motion of no confidence, motion of adjournment, motion of censure and calling attention notice as per the rules.
- The speaker decides on the agenda to be taken up for discussion during the meeting.
- The date of election of the speaker is fixed by the Governor of Punjab. Further, all comments and speeches made by members of the House are addressed to the speaker.
- The speaker is answerable to the house.
- Both the speaker and deputy speaker may be removed by a resolution passed by the majority of the members.
- Speaker also gives recognition to the main opposite party as an Official Opposition and to the leader of that party in assembly as the Leader of Opposition.
Color keys for the party of Speaker
|1||Shahab-ud-Din Virk||6 April 1937||16 March 1945||Unionist Party||1st|
|2||Sataya Prakash Singha||21 March 1946||4 July 1947||2nd|
|After Independence (1947-present)|
|1||Kapur Singh||1 November 1947||20 June 1951||Indian National Congress||-|
|2||Satya Pal||5 May 1952||18 April 1954||1st|
|3||Gurdial Singh Dhillon||18 May 1954||25 April 1957|
|25 April 1957||13 March 1962||2nd|
|4||Prabodh Chandra||14 March 1962||18 March 1964||3rd|
|5||Harbans Lal Gupta||25 March 1964||19 March 1967|
|6||Joginder Singh Mann||21 March 1967||13 March 1969||Akali Dal - Sant Fateh Singh||4th|
|7||Darbara Singh||14 March 1969||22 March 1972||Independent||5th|
|22 March 1972||3 September 1973||Indian National Congress||6th|
|8||Kewal Krishan||25 September 1973||30 June 1977|
|9||Ravi Inder Singh||1 July 1977||27 June 1980||Shiromani Akali Dal||7th|
|10||Brij Bhushan Mehra||1 July 1980||13 October 1985||Indian National Congress (Indira)||8th|
|(9)||Ravi Inder Singh||15 October 1985||27 May 1986||Shiromani Akali Dal||9th|
|11||Surjit Singh Minhas||2 June 1986||15 March 1992|
|12||Harcharan Singh Ajnala||17 March 1992||9 June 1993||Indian National Congress (Indira)||10th|
|13||Harnam Das Johar||21 July 1993||23 November 1996|
|14||Dilbagh Singh Daleke||23 December 1996||2 March 1997|
|15||Charanjit Singh Atwal||4 March 1997||20 March 2002||Shiromani Akali Dal||11th|
|(8)||Kewal Krishan||21 March 2002||15 March 2007||Indian National Congress||12th|
|16||Nirmal Singh Kahlon||16 March 2007||19 March 2012||Shiromani Akali Dal||13th|
|(15)||Charanjit Singh Atwal||20 March 2012||27 March 2017||14th|
|17||Rana KP Singh||27 March 2017||Incumbent||Indian National Congress||15th|
The Deputy Speaker is the vice-presiding officer of the Vidhan Sabha. Acts as the presiding officer in case of leave or absence caused by death or illness of the Speaker.
List of Deputy SpeakersEdit
Color keys for the Party of Deputy Speaker
|Dasaundha Singh||6 April 1937||7 April 1941||Unionist Party|
|Gurbachan Singh||22 April 1941||16 March 1945|
|Kapur Singh||26 March 1946||4 July 1947|
|After Independence (1947-present)|
|Thakur Panchan Chand||3 November 1947||20 March 1951||Indian National Congress|
|Smt. Shanno Devi||26 March 1951||20 June 1951|
|Dr. Gurdial Singh Dhillon||10 May 1952||17 May 1954|
|Swaroop Singh||19 May 1954||31 March 1957|
|25 April 1957||28 February 1962|
|Smt. Shanno Devi||19 March 1962||31 October 1966|
|Jagjit Singh Chohan||27 March 1967||27 November 1967||Akali Dal - Sant Fateh Singh|
|Baldev Singh||08 December 1967||23 August 1968||Shiromani Akali Dal|
|Brig. (Retd.) Bikramajit Singh Bajwa||20 March 1969||24 April 1970|
|28 July 1970||13 October 1971|
|Dr. Kewal Krishan||28 March 1972||25 September 1973||Indian National Congress|
|Nasib Singh Gill||28 September 1973||30 April 1977|
|Panna Lal Nayyar||8 July 1977||17 February 1980||Shiromani Akali Dal|
|Guizar Singh||8 July 1980||26 June 1985||Indian National Congress (Indira)|
|Nirmal Singh Kahlon||5 November 1985||6 May 1986||Shiromani Akali Dal|
|Jaswant Singh||2 June 1986||5 March 1988|
|Romesh Chander Dogra||7 April 1992||7 January 1996||Indian National Congress (Indira)|
|Naresh Thakur||28 February 1996||11 February 1997|
|Swarna Ram||18 June 1997||26 July 1997||Bhartiya Janata Party|
|Baldev Raj Chawla||23 December 1997||31 December 1999|
|Satpal Gosain||5 September 2000||24 February 2002|
|Prof. Darbari Lal||26 June 2002||10 March 2003||Indian National Congress|
|Bir Devinder Singh||27 March 2003||9 July 2004|
|Prof. Darbari Lal||12 July 2004||27 February 2007|
|Satpal Gosain||16 March 2007||14 April 2011||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Chuni Lal Bhagat||13 June 2011||6 March 2012|
|Dinesh Singh||20 March 2012||11 March 2017|
|Ajaib Singh Bhatti||16 June 2017||Incumbent||Indian National Congress|
Pro tem SpeakerEdit
After a general election and the formation of a new government, a list of senior Members in Vidhan Sabha prepared by the Legislative Section is submitted to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, who selects a pro tem speaker who holds the office of Speaker until a full time speaker is elected. However,, in Punjab mostly the pro tem speaker become the full time Speaker. The appointment has to be approved by the Governor.
The first meeting after the election when the speaker and the deputy speaker are selected by members of the Vidhan Sabha is held under the pro tem Speaker. In the absence of the speaker, the deputy speaker acts as speaker. In the absence of both, a committee of six members selected by the speaker will act as speaker according to their seniority.
The eligibility criteria to become the Speaker of the Assembly are:
- He or she must be a citizen of India;
- He or she must not be less than 25 years of age; and
- He or she should not hold any office of profit under the Government of Punjab, India.
In Punjab Legislative Assembly mostly Pro-tem speaker is elected as Speaker.
List of Pro tem SpeakersEdit
|Sr. no.||Year||Pro-tem Speaker||Elected Speaker|
|2||1957||S. Gurdial Singh Dhillon|
|3||1962||Sh. Prabodh Chandra|
|4||1967||Sh. Lal Chand Sabharwal||S. Joginder Singh Mann|
|5||1969||S. Darbara Singh|
|6||1977||S. Ravi Inder Singh|
|7||1980||S. Gurdarshan Singh||Sh. Brij Bhushan Mehra|
|(6)||1985||S. Ravi Inder Singh|
|8||1992||S. Harcharn Singh Ajnala|
|9||1997||S. Charnjit Singh Atwal|
|10||2002||Dr. Kewal Krishan|
|11||2007||S. Nirmal Singh Kahlon|
|(9)||2012||S. Charnjit Singh Atwal|
|12||2017||Rana Kanwar Pal Singh|
- "Rana KP Singh elected Speaker of Punjab assembly".
- "Ajaib Singh Bhatti elected deputy speaker of Punjab assembly".
- Functions and Position of Speaker
- Former speaker of punjab vidhan sabha
- page xiii of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Compendium. Punjab Legislative Assembly. Retrieved on 25 September 2018.
- Ashok, Akash Deep (4 June 2014). "Pro tem Speaker: All you need to know about this parliamentary post". India Today. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- Pro tem speaker