The speaker of a House is not only the custodian of rights and privileges of the people of the nation but also has the added role of representing the country's policies at international fora, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Thursday.
The first copy of "Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy - Speaker's Perspective", a book written by former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, will be presented to President Pranab Mukherjee, an official statement said on Wednesday.
Security of several VIPs including former Union Ministers and Speaker Meira Kumar has been totally withdrawn while the elite 'Black Cat' NSG commandos provided to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh may be replaced by CRPF.
Uttar Prdaesh Chief Minister Akileh Yadav on Sunday termed the shocking gang-rape and murder of two teenage sisters here on Sunday whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in the village as an unfortunate incident.
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.
BJP is leading in 18 seats, Lalu Prasad`s RJD is ahead in six constituencies while Congress is in front in one seat out of 40 in Bihar with Speaker Meira Kumar trailing in Sasaram, trends suggested on Friday.
Amid speculation about fissures in RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar, RJD President Lalu Prasad campaigned for Speaker Meira Kumar here and said unity among the two "secular" parties would keep communal forces away from power.
Outgoing Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will bank on votes of backward castes and Muslims besides Dalits to win this Parliamentary seat for third consecutive time amid allegations that she has made more visits to foreign countries than to her constituency.
There was no addition to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar`s jewellery though their value increased while her wealth rose by over three-and-a-half times since the 2009 general elections with the total value of her assets declared to be more than Rs 36 crore.
Apparently seeking to challenge her aunt`s claim to inherit legacy of iconic Congress leader Jagjivan Ram, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar`s niece Medhavi Kirti has entered the electoral ring against her in Sasaram (SC) Lok Sabha seat on BSP ticket.