BJP MP Dr. Virendra Kumar, seven-time MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh, has been chosen as the pro tem speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.
He will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha as Pro-tem Speaker.He will also administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs. The first session of the newly-constituted 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26. The Election for the Lok Sabha Speaker of the is scheduled to be held on June 19, 2019.
Virendra Kumar 65, was the Union minister of state (MoS), Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Minority Affairs between September 2017 to May 2019.
He was elected to 11th Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and became the member of Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare.
Later, he was re-elected to the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Lok Sabha continuously. He had served as member and chairmen of various committees.
Kumar, who holds a PhD, had started his political career in 1977 when he became the convoker of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh.
He was also associated with RSS since childhood and served a prison sentence of 16 months under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) in protest against the imposition of Emergency.
‘Pro tem’ is a Latin phrase which translates to for the ‘time being’ in English. So the Pro-tem Speaker is a temporary speaker appointed for a limited period of time. A Pro-tem speaker is chosen with the agreement of the members of the Lok Sabha and legislative assembly.
After a general election and the formation of a new cabinet, 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 is approved by the President.
The main function of the Pro-tem Speaker is to administer the oath of office to new members of the house. He also administers the floor test. When new Lok Sabha speaker is elected, tenure of the pro-tem speaker ceases to exist.
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.