Following the commencement of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha on Monday, President Ram Nath Kovind swore in seven-term member of Parliament, Virendra Kumar, as the pro-tem speaker of Lok Sabha.
In the presence of the President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and other members of the newly elected cabinet of ministers, Virendra Kumar was sworn in as the Speaker of Lok Sabha.
Taking his oath, Virendra Kumar said:
“I the newly elected pro-tem speaker of the Parliament take the oath to uphold the integrity and sanctity of India, and to serve my duty as the Lok Sabha Speaker with utmost determination”
Dr. Virendra Kumar, 65, a Minister of State (MoS) in the previous Modi government had won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh on a BJP ticket.
The swearing-in ceremony which commenced on June 17 is likely to be a two-day affair whereby Virendra Kumar will oversee the oath-taking of newly elected Lok Sabha members on Monday and Tuesday
On Wednesday, as soon as a new Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is elected, his role will cease to exist.
A day before the Parliament session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an all-party meeting and also invited presidents of all parties, who are an MP either in the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, to a meeting on June 19, whereby strategies for the new Parliament session shall be decided.
During the Parliament session, the passage of the Union budget - due on July 5 - and key legislation such as triple talaq are likely to be on top of the to-do list for the government.