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Bhartruhari Mahtab will be the pro tem speaker of Lok Sabha, will administer oath to new MPs

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju said that seven-time Lok Sabha member Bhartrihari Mahtab has been appointed as the temporary Speaker (Pro tem) of the lower house. Bhartrihari Mahtab will administer the oath to the new MPs. Bhartrihari Mahtab will discharge duties as the presiding officer till the election of the Lok Sabha Speaker. Lok Sabha members K. Suresh, TR Balu, Radha Mohan Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Sudip Bandyopadhyay will assist the temporary Speaker.

When will the first session of the Lok Sabha?

The first session of the eighteenth Lok Sabha will begin on June 24. During this time, new members of the lower house will take oath and then the Lok Sabha Speaker will be elected on June 26. President Draupadi Murmu will address a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on June 27 and outline the functioning of the new government for the next five years.

Who is Bhartrihari Mahtab?

Bhartrihari Mahtab is a BJP MP from Cuttack Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha. He was earlier in the Biju Janata Dal. Mahtab defeated his nearest rival BJD’s Santir Mishra by 57,077 votes in the Cuttack seat. By winning 20 out of the total 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, the BJP had wiped out the Biju Janata Dal in the Lok Sabha elections. Congress won one seat in the state. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJD won 12 seats, BJP got eight and Congress got one seat. With this, the BJP also formed the government in Odisha for the first time by registering victory in the assembly elections.

PM Modi thanked Odisha

After the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a message on ‘X’, “Thank you Odisha! This is a great victory to celebrate good governance and the unique culture of Odisha. BJP will leave no stone unturned to fulfill the dreams of the people and take Odisha to new heights of progress.” It was clear from this message of PM Modi that Odisha is special for the BJP this time and it will get an important role in the government.