'We Followed The Tradition': Rijiju Rebukes Congress Over Objection To Mahtab's Appointment As LS Pro Tem Speaker

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Last Updated: June 21, 2024, 18:36 IST

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju 
(PTI Photo)

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju (PTI Photo)

Justifying Mahtab's appointment as the pro-tem Lok Sabha speaker, the Union Minister noted that he is the "longest-serving member" of the Lower House of Parliament

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday took a swipe at the Congress party for its objection to the appointment of BJP MP Bhartruhari Mahtab as pro-tem speaker of the Lok Sabha, suggesting that any violation of the system would be noticed only by “those who have not read the system and its rules”.

The Congress had accused the BJP-led NDA government of “destroying parliamentary norms” by overlooking the claim of its leader Kodikunnil Suresh, an eight-term Lok Sabha MP, to the pro-tem Speaker’s post.

“They (Congress) took the name of Suresh Kodaikanal. His total term is 8. But his break happened in 2004 and 1998…Here, any violation of the system will be felt only by those who have not read the system and its rules. We have followed this tradition,” Rijiju told the media during a press briefing.

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Justifying Mahtab’s appointment as the pro-tem Lok Sabha speaker, the Union Minister noted that he is the “longest-serving member” of the Lower House of Parliament.

“They objected to the name of Bhartruhari Mahtab. Bhartruhari Mahtab has been a member of the Lok Sabha for seven consecutive terms without a break and at this time he is the longest-serving member,” Rijiju stated.

He further clarified that the pro-tem speaker’s role is temporary, lasting only until the election of the new speaker. “They do not have to do any business transactions or anything, and the pro-tem speaker has a limited role,” he added.

On Thursday, Rijiju announced that President Droupadi Murmu has appointed Mahtab as the pro-tem Speaker and that he will be assisted by senior members Kodikunnil Suresh (Congress), TR Baalu (DMK), Radha Mohan Singh and Faggan Singh Kulaste (both BJP) and Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC). Mahtab, who switched sides from the BJD to the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, won the Cuttack parliamentary seat.

“President is pleased to appoint Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, Member, Lok Sabha as Speaker Protem under Article 95(1) of the Constitution to perform the duties of Speaker till election of the Speaker,” Union minister Kiren Rijiju posted on X.

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