Speaker of the Lok Sabha

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Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Lok Sabhā Adhyakṣa
Emblem of the Lok Sabha
Om Birla
since 19 June 2019
Lok Sabha
  • Honourable (Inside India)
  • His/Her Excellency (Outside India)
StatusPresiding member of the Lok Sabha
Member ofLok Sabha
Reports toParliament of India
Residence20, Akbar Road, New Delhi, Delhi, India[1]
Seat16, Parliament House, Sansad Marg, New Delhi, Delhi, India
AppointerMembers of Parliament (Lok Sabha)
Term lengthDuring the life of the Lok Sabha (five years maximum)
Constituting instrumentArticle 93 of the Constitution of India
PrecursorPresident of the Constituent Assembly of India
Inaugural holderGanesh Vasudev Mavalankar (1952–1956)
Formation15 May 1952
DeputyDeputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Salary 450,000 (US$5,600)
(per month)
5,400,000 (US$68,000)

The speaker of the Lok Sabha (IAST: Lok Sabhā Adhyakṣa) is the presiding officer and the highest authority of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India.[2] The speaker is elected generally in the first meeting of the Lok Sabha following general elections. Serving for a term of five years, the speaker is chosen from sitting members of the Lok Sabha.

Election of the speaker[edit]

Newly elected Members of Parliament from the Lok Sabha elect the Speaker among themselves. The Speaker should be someone who understands how the Lok Sabha functions and he/she should be someone accepted among the ruling and opposition parties.

MPs propose a name for the Pro tem speaker. These names are notified to the President of India. The President through their aide Secretary-General notifies the election date. If only one name is proposed, the Speaker is elected without any formal vote. However, if more than one nomination is received, a division (vote) is called. MPs vote for their candidate on such a date notified by President. The successful candidate is elected as Speaker of the Lok Sabha until the next general election. Till now, all elections of Lok Sabha speakers have been unanimous.[3][4]

Powers and functions of the speaker[edit]

The Speaker of the Lok Sabha conducts the business in house, and decides whether a bill is a money bill or not. They maintain discipline and decorum in the house and can punish a member for unruly behaviour with respect to law after suspending them. They also permit the moving of various kinds of motions and resolutions such as a motion of no confidence, motion of adjournment, motion of censure and calling attention notice as per the rules. The Speaker decides on the agenda to be taken up for discussion during the meeting. The date of election of the Speaker is fixed by the President. Further, all comments and speeches made by members of the House are addressed to the Speaker. The Speaker also presides over the joint sitting of both houses of the Parliament of India. The counterpart of the Speaker in the Rajya Sabha (Council of the States) is its Chairperson; the Vice-President of India is the ex-officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. On the order of precedence, the Speaker of Lok Sabha ranks sixth, along with the Chief Justice of India. The Speaker is answerable to the House. Both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker may be removed by a resolution passed by the majority of the members. Lok Sabha Speaker can be elected by President on a nomination basis.

All bills passed requires the speaker's signature to go to the Rajya Sabha for its consideration. The Speaker also has a casting vote in the event of a tie. It is customary for the Presiding Officer to exercise the casting vote in such a manner as to maintain the status quo.[1]

Removal of the speaker[edit]

Speaker can be removed by the Lok Sabha by a resolution passed by effective majority of the house as per Constitution of India[Articles 94].

The Speaker is also removed on being disqualified for being Lok Sabha member under sections 7 and 8 of Representation of the People Act, 1951.[5] This would arise out of speaker's wrong certification of a bill as money bill inconsistent with the definition given in Articles 110 of the constitution.[6] When courts uphold the unconstitutional act of the speaker for wrong certification of a bill as money bill, it amounts to disrespecting the constitution deserving conviction under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 which is applicable for disqualification of speaker's Lok Sabha membership under section 8K of Representation of the People Act, 1951. However, the omissions in the procedure committed by the speaker in the Lok Sabha can not be challenged in court of law per Article 122.[7]

Pro tem speaker[edit]

After a general election and formation of a new government, a list of senior Lok Sabha members prepared by the Legislative Section is submitted to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, who selects a pro tem speaker. The appointment has to be approved by the President.[8]

The first meeting after the election when the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are selected by members of the Parliament is held under the pro tem Speaker. In absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker acts as Speaker and in the absence of both a committee of six members selected by the Speaker will act as Speaker according to their seniority.

Eligiblilty for Speaker of the Lok Sabha include:

  • Being a citizen of India;
  • Not be less than 25 years of age;
  • Not holding any office of profit under the Government of India, or a state government; and
  • Not being a Criminal Offender.

List of speakers[edit]


Died in office
§ Resigned
No. Portrait Speaker
Constituency Term of office Political party Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker
From To Period
1 G. V. Mavalankar
Ahmedabad 15 May
27 February
3 years, 288 days Indian National Congress 1st
M. A. Ayyangar
2 M. A. Ayyangar
Chittoor 8 March
4 April
6 years, 22 days Hukam Singh
5 April
31 March
3 Hukam Singh
Patiala 17 April
16 March
4 years, 333 days 3rd
S. V. Krishnamoorthy Rao
4 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
Hindupur 17 March
19 July
2 years, 124 days 4th
Raghunath Keshav Khadilkar
5 Gurdial Singh Dhillon
Tarn Taran 8 August
17 March
6 years, 110 days Indian National Congress (R)
G. G. Swell
22 March
1 December
6 Bali Ram Bhagat
Arrah 15 January
25 March
1 year, 69 days
(4) Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
Nandyal 26 March
13 July
109 days Janata Party 6th
Godey Murahari
7 K. S. Hegde
Bangalore South 21 July
21 January
2 years, 184 days
8 Balram Jakhar
Ferozpur 22 January
15 January
9 years, 329 days Indian National Congress (I) 7th
G. Lakshmanan
Sikar 16 January
18 December
M. Thambidurai
9 Rabi Ray
Kendrapara 19 December
9 July
1 year, 202 days Janata Dal 9th
Shivraj Patil
10 Shivraj Patil
(born 1935)
Latur 10 July
22 May
4 years, 317 days Indian National Congress (I) 10th
S. Mallikarjunaiah
11 P. A. Sangma
Tura 23 May
23 March
1 year, 304 days Indian National Congress 11th
Suraj Bhan
12 G. M. C. Balayogi
Amalapuram 24 March
19 October
3 years, 342 days Telugu Desam Party 12th
P. M. Sayeed
22 October
3 March
13 Manohar Joshi
Mumbai North Central 10 May
2 June
2 years, 23 days Shiv Sena
14 Somnath Chatterjee
Bolpur 4 June
4 June
5 years, 0 days Communist Party of India (Marxist) 14th
Charanjit Singh Atwal
15 Meira Kumar
(born 1945)
Sasaram 4 June
5 June
5 years, 1 day Indian National Congress 15th
Kariya Munda
16 Sumitra Mahajan
(born 1943)
Indore 6 June
10 June
2019 [9]
5 years, 4 days Bharatiya Janata Party 16th
M. Thambidurai
17 Om Birla
(born 1962)
Kota 19 June
Incumbent 4 years, 298 days 17th

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ "The Office of Speaker Lok Sabha". speakerloksabha.nic.in. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker and Nomination of Panel of Chairpersons" (PDF). Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  4. ^ "The Office of Speaker Lok Sabha". speakerloksabha.nic.in. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Sections 7 & 8k, Representation of the People Act, 1951" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Aadhaar Act as Money Bill: Why the Lok Sabha isn't Immune from Judicial Review". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Interpretation of Article 122 by the Supreme Court". Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  8. ^ Ashok, Akash Deep (4 June 2014). "Pro tem Speaker: All you need to know about this parliamentary post". India Today. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  9. ^ Hebbar, Nistula (5 April 2019). "Sumitra Mahajan says she will not contest, leaves it to BJP to decide on candidate for Indore seat". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 December 2023.

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