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Congress held both Speaker, deputy post in Nehru & Indira era: BJP | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: BJP on Tuesday came out with a long list of deputy speakers being nominated from the same party as that of the speaker in Lok Sabha as well as state assemblies to disapprove of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s claim that there was a convention of deputy speaker’s post being spared for the opposition.”It is utterly shameful that Congress is imposing an election for the exalted position of speaker which is above and beyond partisan politics,” BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala said in a post on X and also shared instances when the two posts were held by the same party.”Rahul Gandhi says convention is that deputy speaker should be in opposition and this was a pre-condition imposed for supporting the speaker. Such a condition is shameful,” the BJP functionary said.When Jawaharlal Nehru was PM, M Ananthasayanam Ayyangar (1952-1956), Hukam Singh (1956-1962) and S V Krishnamoorthy Rao (1962-67) were deputy speakers, all from Congress while speakers were also from the same party. During Indira Gandhi’s tenure as PM, R K Khadilkar from Congress was deputy speaker from 1967-1969, Poonawala said.He also shared details of states governed by Congress and its allies where both the posts were held by the same party. In West Bengal, TMC’s Biman Banerjee is the speaker and his party colleague Ashish Banerjee is the deputy speaker. In Tamil Nadu, DMK’s M Appavu and K Pitchandi are speaker and deputy speaker respectively. In Karnataka, Congress’s U T Khader Fareed is the speaker and R M Lamani is the deputy speaker. In Kerala, LDF’s A N Shamseer (CPM) is speaker and Chittayam Gopakumar is deputy speaker. The deputy speaker’s post is vacant in Congress-governed Telangana and Jharkhand, where the party is a junior ally of JMM.BJP’s IT department head Amit Malviya said, “Before you lecture on convention for deputy speaker, hear the full story.” He said the “convention” of the deputy speaker coming from the opposition was supposedly born in 1956 when Nehru gave the post to Sardar Hukam Singh. “In reality, it was a very calculated political move.”He said in 1952, there was a state called PEPSU (Punjab and East Patiala States Union), the only state where Congress could not win a majority. So Gian Singh Rarewala became CM with the help of Akali Dal and others.He claimed that Akali leader Sardar Hukam Singh, who was an MP, refused to join Congress. So, Nehru offered to make him deputy speaker in 1956. .


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