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Rajnath reaches out, Oppn unlikely to contest Speaker's post

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
Last updated on: June 25, 2024 11:34 IST
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The opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) is unlikely to contest the Lok Sabha Speaker's post and the National Democratic Alliance nominee is likely to be elected unopposed, sources said Tuesday ahead of filing of nomination for the key post.

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and others during the First Session of the 18th Lok Sabha, at the new Parliament building, in New Delhi on Monday. Photograph: Sansad TV/ANI Photo

However, the Opposition has demanded that they be given the choice to pick the deputy speaker.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge late on Monday night and sought the support of the opposition on the issue.


Singh, however, gave no assurance to the opposition on its demand for the deputy speaker's post, the sources said.

There has been no deputy Speaker in the last tenure.

The NDA candidate for the key parliamentary position will file his nomination on Tuesday.

Besides Kharge, Singh also spoke to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Stalin among other opposition leaders in efforts to build a consensus.

The NDA, which enjoys a clear majority in the Lok Sabha, has given little indication about its choice as it weighs its options and looks to deny the opposition any opportunity to mount a political attack.

With the theme of continuity marking much of its choices since it returned to power for a third term, there is a view in a section of NDA leaders that Om Birla, who was the Speaker in the previous Lok Sabha, may be nominated again.

However, there was no official word on such a prospect.

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