Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha

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Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
लोक सभा के उपाध्यक्ष
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since 23 June 2019
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerMembers of the Lok Sabha
Term lengthDuring the life of the Lok Sabha (five years maximum)
Inaugural holderM. A. Ayyangar (1952–1956)
Formation30 May 1952
SalaryRs. 3.5 lakh per month (excl. allowances)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha (IAST: Lok Sabhā Upādhyakṣa) is not subordinate to the speaker of Lok Sabha, they are responsible for the Lok Sabha and they are the second highest ranking legislative officer of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. They act 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 Deputy Speaker is offered to opposition party in India. .[1]

The Deputy Speaker is elected in the first meeting of the Lok Sabha after the General elections for a term of 5 years from amongst the members of the Lok Sabha. They hold office until either they cease to be a member of the Lok Sabha or they resign. They can be removed from office by a resolution passed in the Lok Sabha by an effective majority of its members.[2] In effective majority, the majority should be 50% or more than 50% of total strength of the house after removing the vacancies. Since the Deputy Speaker is accountable for the Lok Sabha, the elimination is done by the effective majority in Lok Sabha only. There is no need to resign from their original party though as a Deputy Speaker, they have to remain impartial.

The parliamentary convention for the Republic of India is for the Deputy Speaker to come from the Opposition benches. As of March 2021, uniquely in the history of the Republic, the Lok Sabha approaches two years of a vacant Deputy Speaker seat.[3]

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. They maintains discipline and decorum in the house and can punish a member for unruly behaviour by suspending him/her. They permit 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.

List of Deputy Speakers[edit]

No. Deputy Speaker
Portrait Term Party
From To Length Lok Sabha
1 M. A. Ayyangar
30 May 1952 7 March 1956 3 years, 282 days 1st Indian National Congress
2 Hukam Singh
20 March 1956 4 April 1957 6 years, 11 days Shiromani Akali Dal
17 May 1957 31 March 1962 2nd Indian National Congress
3 S. V. Krishnamoorthy Rao
23 April 1962 3 March 1967 4 years, 314 days 3rd
4 Raghunath Keshav Khadilkar
Rk khadilkar 1.gif 28 March 1967 11 November 1969 2 years, 228 days
5 George Gilbert Swell
09 December 1969 18 January 1977 7 years, 40 days All Party Hill Leaders Conference
6 Godey Murahari
1 April 1977 22 August 1979 2 years, 143 days 6th Indian National Congress
7 G. Lakshmanan
Madras North
1 December 1980 31 December 1984 4 years, 30 days 7th Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
8 M. Thambidurai
மு. தம்பிதுரை.jpg 22 January 1985 27 November 1989 4 years, 309 days 8th All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
9 Shivraj Patil
Shivraj Patil.jpg 19 March 1990 13 March 1991 359 days 9th Indian National Congress
10 S. Mallikarjunaiah
13 August 1991 10 May 1996 4 years, 271 days 10th Bharatiya Janata Party
11 Suraj Bhan
Suraj Bhan briefing the media on the issue of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill, 2004, in New Delhi on March 10, 2005.jpg 12 July 1996 4 December 1997 1 year, 145 days 11th
12 P. M. Sayeed
Shri P.M. Sayeed assumes the charge of Union Minister for Power in New Delhi on May 25, 2004.jpg 17 December 1998 6 February 2004 5 years, 51 days Indian National Congress
13 Charanjit Singh Atwal
The Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, Shri Charanjit Singh Atwal delivering the inaugural address at the 24th Parliamentary Internship Programme for foreign parliamentary officials, in New Delhi on November 03, 2008 (cropped).png 9 June 2004 18 May 2009 4 years, 343 days 14th Shiromani Akali Dal
14 Kariya Munda
3 June 2009 18 May 2014 4 years, 349 days 15th Bharatiya Janata Party
(8) M. Thambidurai
மு. தம்பிதுரை.jpg 13 August 2014 25 May 2019 4 years, 285 days 16th All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Vacant 23 June 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 91 days 17th N/A

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Deogaonkar, S. G. (1997). Parliamentary System in India. New Delhi: Concept Publishing. pp. 48–9. ISBN 81-7022-651-1.
  3. ^ "Convention of electing the Deputy Speaker from the Opposition should be upheld". The Hindu. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.

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