Speaker of the Lok Sabha
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The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is the presiding officer of the Lok Sabha (House of the People), the lower house of the Parliament of India. The speaker is elected in the very first meeting of the Lok Sabha following general elections. Serving for a term of five years, the speaker chosen from amongst the members of the Lok Sabha, and is by convention a member of the ruling party or alliance.
|Speaker of the Lok Sabha|
|Appointer||Members of the Lok Sabha|
|Term length||During the life of the Lok Sabha (five years maximum)|
|Inaugural holder||Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar|
|Formation||15 May 1952|
The current speaker is Sumitra Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who is presiding over the 16th Lok Sabha. She is the second woman to hold the office, after her immediate predecessor Meira Kumar.
Powers and Functions of speakerEdit
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The Speaker of the Lok 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 president. Further, all comments and speeches made by members of the House are addressed to the speaker. The speaker also presides over the joint sitting of both houses of the Parliament of India. The counterpart of the speaker in the Rajya Sabha (Council of the States) is its chairperson; the Vice President of India is the ex-officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. On the order of precedence, the Speaker of Lok Sabha ranks sixth, along with the Chief Justice of India. 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.
Removal of the speakerEdit
Speaker can be removed by the Lok Sabha by a resolution passed by an effective majority of the house as per Articles 94 and 96.
Speaker is also removed on getting disqualified for being Lok Sabha member under sections 7 and 8 of Representation of the People Act, 1951. This would arise out of speaker's wrong certification of a bill as money bill inconsistent with the definition given in Articles 110 of the constitution. When courts uphold the unconstitutional act of the speaker for wrong certification of a bill as money bill, it amounts to disrespecting the constitution deserving conviction under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 which is applicable for disqualification of speaker's Lok Sabha membership under section 8K of Representation of the People Act, 1951. However the omissions in the procedure committed by the speaker in the Lok Sabha can not be challenged in court of law per Article 122
Pro tem SpeakerEdit
After a general election and the formation of a new government, a list of senior Lok Sabha members prepared by the Legislative Section is submitted to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, who selects a pro tem speaker. The appointment has to be approved by the president.
The first meeting after the election when the speaker and the deputy speaker are selected by members of the Parliament is held under the pro tem Speaker. In absence of the speaker, the deputy speaker acts as speaker and in the absence of both a committee of six members selected by the speaker will act as speaker according to their seniority.
Eligibility criteria to become the Speaker of the Lok Sabha is:
List of SpeakersEdit
|1||Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar||15 May 1952||27 February 1956||3 years, 288 days||1st||Indian National Congress|
|2||M. A. Ayyangar||8 March 1956||10 May 1957||1 year, 63 days|
|11 May 1957||16 April 1962||4 years, 340 days||2nd|
|3||Sardar Hukam Singh||17 April 1962||16 March 1967||4 years, 333 days||3rd|
|4||Neelam Sanjiva Reddy||17 March 1967||19 July 1969||2 years, 124 days||4th|
|5||Gurdial Singh Dhillon||—||8 August 1969||19 March 1971||1 year, 221 days|
|22 March 1971||1 December 1975||4 years, 254 days||5th|
|6||Bali Ram Bhagat||—||15 January 1976||25 March 1977||1 year, 69 days|
|(4)||Neelam Sanjiva Reddy||26 March 1977||13 July 1977||109 days||6th||Janata Party|
|7||K. S. Hegde||21 July 1977||21 January 1980||2 years, 184 days|
|8||Balram Jakhar||22 January 1980||27 oct 1984||3 years, 358 days||7th||Indian National Congress|
|16 January 1985||18 December 1989||4 years, 336 days||8th|
|9||Rabi Ray||—||19 December 1989||9 July 1991||1 year, 202 days||9th||Janata Dal|
|10||Shivraj Patil||10 July 1991||22 May 1996||4 years, 317 days||10th||Indian National Congress|
|11||P. A. Sangma||23 May 1996||23 March 1998||1 year, 304 days||11th|
|12||G. M. C. Balayogi||—||24 March 1998||19 October 1999||1 year, 209 days||12th||Telugu Desam Party|
|22 October 1999||3 March 2002||2 years, 132 days||13th|
|13||Manohar Joshi||10 May 2002||2 June 2004||2 years, 23 days||Shiv Sena|
|14||Somnath Chatterjee||4 June 2004||31 May 2009||4 years, 361 days||14th||Communist Party of India (Marxist)|
|15||Meira Kumar||4 June 2009||4 June 2014||5 years, 0 days||15th||Indian National Congress|
|16||Sumitra Mahajan||5 June 2014||Incumbent||4 years, 161 days||16th||Bharatiya Janata Party|
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