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Pro-tem Speaker: Santosh Gangwar likely to be appointed as Pro-tem Speaker

Pro-tem Speaker: Santosh Gangwar, one of the most Senior-most Lok Sabha members, is likely to be appointed as Pro-tem Speaker, who administers oath of the office and secrecy to the newly elected MPs.

May 30, 2019 10:40 IST
Santosh Gangwar

Union Minister Santosh Gangwar, one of the most Senior-most Lok Sabha members, is likely to be appointed as the Pro-tem Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha. The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha would begin on June 6 and will go on till June 15, 2019.

Ganwar's appointment as the Pro-tem Speaker came to light through the tweet of Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh. However, the tweet was later removed. Here is the tweet:

Gangwar was elected for his 8th term from the Bareilly constituency of Uttar Pradesh. He became a Lok Sabha member in 1989. He has been elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for 6 consecutive terms since 1989; had lost the elections in 2009; and returned as Lok Sabha MP in the 2014 elections.

Why not Maneka Sanjay Gandhi?

Union Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi shares equal distinction with Gangwar; however, there is a possibility of her appointment in the new Council of Ministers. Gandhi has been elected for her 8th term in Lok Sabha from Sultanpur constituency of the Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 General Elections.

Pro-Tem Speaker of 16th Lok Sabha

Congress leader Kamal Nath was appointed as the Pro-tem Speaker in the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014.

Pro-tem Speaker

Pro-tem is a Latin phrase that means “for the time being”.  As the phrase goes, the Pro-tem Speaker is a temporary speaker

Appointment of Pro-tem Speaker


The senior-most Member of Parliament (MP), irrespective of his/her party affiliation, is appointed as Pro-tem Speaker.

Functions: The Pro-tem Speaker administers oath of the office and secrecy to the newly elected MPs. He or she presides over the first sitting of the new Lok Sabha in which the new Speaker is elected. Once the new Speaker is elected, the office of the pro-tem speaker ceases to exist.