Sumitra Mahajan or MM Joshi: Who will become Speaker of 16th Lok Sabha?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and Lok Sabha MP from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan`s name is reoccuring within the party for the post of Speaker in the Lower House of Parliament, as per sources.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and Lok Sabha MP from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan`s name is reoccuring within the party for the post of Speaker in the Lower House of Parliament, as per sources.

The eight-time MP Mahajan popularly known as `Tai`, had won by a great margin of 4,66,301 votes against Congress` Satyanarayan Patel.

If sources are to be believed, Mahajan is being prefered over the party veteran MM Joshi for the post which is equivalent to Chief Justice of India in heirarchy.

If appointed, she would be the second woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha succeeded by the Congress` Meira Kumar.

Mahajan is the only female leader to have won eight General Elections, one of the three members of the 16th Lok Sabha to do so and the longest-serving woman member. She has surpassed incumbent West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was chosen as MP for seven times.

However, it is yet to be seen whether her becoming a Speaker would ruffle a few features or not?

Besides this, the BJP senior leaders, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Shiv Sena`s Anant geete are likely to figure in a compact Narendra Modi cabinet.

In a clear indication that Modi is opting for major changes in the structure of the government, a statement issued by his secretariat here tonight said that "focus is on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one cabinet minister will be heading a cluster of ministries which are working in complementary sectors".

Modi is eventually aiming at "smart governance" where the top layers of Government will be downsized and there would be expansion at the grass root level, as per PTI reports.

The list is expected to be conveyed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan by Monday morning, as per reports.

(With Agencies inputs)