Dr Virendra Kumar, a seven-time BJP MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh will be pro tem Speaker of Lok Sabha. Dr Kumar, who was a minister of state in the previous government, has been kept out of the cabinet this time.
Virendra Kumar began working with BJP’s student wing, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Sagar town of Madhya Pradesh and was given the party ticket from the same Lok Sabha seat in 1996.
The development has come amid reports of Maneka Gandhi, an eight-time MP, being the front-runner for the post of the interim Speaker of Lok Sabha.
Kumar, who has won every election since 1996, is the third most-senior parliamentarian in the Lok Sabha.Santosh Kumar Gangwar is the senior-most. But he cannot play this role because he is a union minister.
Like Dr Kumar, Maneka too has been kept out of the Modi cabinet after serving as the minister of Women and Child Development in the previous government.
Pro tem Speaker is a temporary post and the primary duty is to administer the oath of office to new members of the Lok Sabha. The pro tem Speaker will preside over the first meeting of the 17th Lok Sabha.