Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha

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Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
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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
WebsiteOfficial website
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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. S/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 Deputy Speaker is offered to opposition party in India. .[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. S/He holds office till either s/he ceases to be a member of the Lok Sabha or s/he himself resigns. S/He 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 his/her original party though as a Deputy Speaker, s/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. S/He maintains discipline and decorum in the house and can punish a member for unruly behaviour by suspending him/her. S/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.

List of Deputy Speakers[edit]

No. Deputy Speaker
Portrait Term Party
From To
1 M. A. Ayyangar[3][4]
30 May 1952 7 March 1956 Indian National Congress
2 Hukam Singh[5][4][6]
20 March 1956 31 March 1962
3 S. V. Krishnamoorthy Rao[7][8]
23 April 1962 3 March 1967
4 Raghunath Keshav Khadilkar[9]
Rk khadilkar 1.gif 28 March 1967 11 November 1969
5 George Gilbert Swell[10]
27 March 1971 18 January 1977 Independent
6 Godey Murahari[11]
1 April 1977 22 August 1979 Indian National Congress
7 G. Lakshmanan[12]
Madras North
1 December 1980 31 December 1984 Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
8 M. Thambidurai[13]
மு. தம்பிதுரை.jpg 22 January 1985 27 November 1989 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
9 Shivraj Patil[14]
Shivraj Patil.jpg 19 March 1990 13 March 1991 Indian National Congress
10 S. Mallikarjunaiah[15]
13 August 1991 10 May 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party
11 Suraj Bhan[16]
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
12 P. M. Sayeed[17][18]
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 Indian National Congress
13 Charanjit Singh Atwal[19]
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.jpg 9 June 2004 18 May 2009 Shiromani Akali Dal
14 Kariya Munda[20]
8 June 2009 18 May 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
(8) M. Thambidurai[21]
மு. தம்பிதுரை.jpg 13 August 2014 25 May 2019 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam


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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. ^ "Members bioprofile on Lok Sabha website, AYYANGAR, SHRI M. ANANTHASAYANAM". National Informatics Centre, New Delhi and Lok Sabha. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b First Lok Sabha, 17/04/1952-04/04/1957
  5. ^ Former Speakers - Sardar Hukam Singh
  6. ^ Second Lok Sabha, 05/04/1957-31/03/1962
  7. ^ "Members bioprofile on Lok Sabha website, RAO, SHRI S.V. KRISHNAMOORTHY". National Informatics Centre, New Delhi and Lok Sabha. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ Third Lok Sabha, 02/04/1962-03/03/1967
  9. ^ Fourth Lok Sabha, 04/03/1967-27/12/1970
  10. ^ Fifth Lok Sabha, 15/03/1971-18/01/1977
  11. ^ Sixth Lok Sabha, 23/03/1977-22/08/1979
  12. ^ Seventh Lok Sabha, 18/01/1980-31/12/1984
  13. ^ Eighth Lok Sabha, 31/12/1984-27/11/1989
  14. ^ Ninth Lok Sabha, 02/12/1989-13/03/1991
  15. ^ Tenth Lok Sabha, 20/06/1991-10/05/1996
  16. ^ Eleventh Lok Sabha, 20/06/1991-10/05/1996
  17. ^ Twelfth Lok Sabha, 10/03/1998-26/04/1999
  18. ^ Thirteenth Lok Sabha, 10/10/1999-06/02/2004
  19. ^ Fourteenth Lok Sabha, 17/05/2004-18/05/2009
  20. ^ Fifteenth Lok Sabha, 18/05/2009-18/05/2014
  21. ^ "Sixteenth Lok Sabha 18/05/2014-25/05/2019".

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