New Delhi, June 11: Although the new cabinet had the same faces and experienced members, the new government also welcomed new members in the cabinet. With a streak of new faces, BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar was roped in as the pro-term speaker of Lok Sabha. As pro-tem speaker, he will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs.
Virendra Kumar, 65, is a seven-term member of Parliament and won the Lok Sabha polls from Tikamgarh. As pro-tem speaker, Kumar will oversee the election of the Lok Sabha speaker. Kumar was a minister of state in the previous Modi government.
The first session of the newly-constituted 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.
The development to appoint Kumar as the pro-tem speaker has come amid reports of Maneka Gandhi, an eight-time MP, being the front-runner for the post of the interim Speaker of Lok Sabha.
Pro-tem Speaker is a temporary post and the primary duty is to administer the oath of office to new members of the Lok Sabha. The pro-term Speaker will preside over the first meeting of the 17th Lok Sabha.