Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha

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The Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha is the vice-presiding officer of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. He acts as the presiding officer in case of leave or absence caused by death or illness of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. It is by convention that position of Dy. Speaker is offered to opposition party in India. Mr. M Thambidurai was unanimously elected as the Deputy Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha.[1] The Deputy Speaker is elected in the very first meeting of the Lok Sabha after the General elections for a term of 5 years from amongst the members of the Lok Sabha. He holds office till either he ceases to be a member of the Lok Sabha or he himself resigns from the Lok Sabha. He can be removed from office by a resolution passed in the Lok Sabha by a majority of its members.[2] He is supposed to resign from his original party because as a Deputy Speaker, he has to remain impartial.

Powers and functions of the Deputy Speaker[edit]

In case of the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker presides over the sessions of the Lok Sabha and conducts the business in the house. He decides whether a bill is a money bill or a non money bill. He maintains discipline and decorum in the house and can punish a member for his unruly behaviour by suspending him. He permits the moving of various kinds of motions and resolutions like the motion of no confidence, motion of adjournment, motion of censure and calling attention notice. The D.

List of Deputy Speakers[edit]

Number Name Term Party
1 M. A. Ayyangar 30 May 1952 - 7 March 1956 Indian National Congress
2 Sardar Hukam Singh 20 March 1956 - 31 March 1962 Indian National Congress
3 S. V. Krishnamoorthy Rao 23 April 1962 - 3 March 1968 Indian National Congress
4 R.K. Khadilkar 28 March 1967 - 1 November 1969 Indian National Congress
5 G.G. Swell 9 February 1970 - 18 January 1977 All Party Hill Leaders' Conference
6 Godey Murahari 1 April 1977 - 22 August 1979 Indian National Congress
7 G. Lakshmanan 1 February 1980 - 31 December 1984 Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
8 M. Thambi Durai 22 January 1985 - 27 November 1989 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
9 Shivraj Patil 19 March 1990 - 13 March 1991 Indian National Congress
10 S. Mallikarjunaiah 13 August 1991 - 10 May 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party
11 Suraj Bhan 12 July 1996 - 4 December 1997 Bharatiya Janata Party
12 P.M. Sayeed 17 December 1998 - 6 February 2004 Indian National Congress
13 Charanjit Singh Atwal 9 June 2004 - 18 May 2009 Shiromani Akali Dal
14 Karia Munda 8 June 2009–16 May 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
15 M. Thambi Durai 13 August 2014 - to present All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam


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