M Thambidurai, leader of AIADMK in Lok Sabha, was unanimously elected as Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker on 13 August 2014.
With this he became the first person to occupy the post of Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha twice. For the first time he got elected as Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha during 8th Lok Sabha (1985 – 1989).
The name of 67 years old Thambidurai was moved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and seconded by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj supporting him.
Besides, there are striking similarities between the 8th Lok Sabha and the present Lok Sabha. Other than both having Deputy Speaker as M Thambidurai, Deputy Speakership had gone to the second largest opposition in the house as in the present case.
AIADMK with 37 members is the second largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha after Congress and is the third largest party in the house after BJP and Congress with 279 and 44 members respectively.
About Deputy Speaker in Lok Sabha
Both Presiding Officers—the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker- are elected from among its members by a simple majority of members present and voting in the House. As such, no specific qualifications are prescribed for being elected the Speaker. The Constitution only requires that Speaker should be a member of the House.
In the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker discharges her functions.
Speaker of the Lok Sabha resign from office by writing under his/her hand to the Deputy Speaker.
The Deputy Speaker presides over the Lok Sabha in case of elections falling later in the life of a Lok Sabha.
About M Thambidurai
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When: 13 August 2014.