Bhartruhari Mahtab Appointed as Pro-Tem Speaker for the 18th Lok Sabha: A Key Leadership Role

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Bhartruhari Mahtab: The Pro-Tem Speaker for the 18th Lok Sabha

By News 24 Media

New Delhi, June 24, 2024: Bhartruhari Mahtab, a seasoned politician and a seven-term Member of Parliament (MP) from the Cuttack parliamentary constituency in Odisha, has taken on a crucial role as the Pro-Tem Speaker for the 18th Lok Sabha. His appointment comes ahead of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, and it holds significant importance in the parliamentary proceedings.

A Brief Profile of Bhartruhari Mahtab:

Bhartruhari Mahtab
  1. Legacy and Education:
  2. Political Journey:
    • For several decades, Bhartruhari Mahtab was associated with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), led by former Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. However, he severed ties with the party ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, expressing dissatisfaction with its functioning.
    • Joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mahtab contested from the Cuttack seat and secured a historic seventh consecutive term, defeating his former party colleague Santrupt Misra by 57,077 votes.
  3. Longest-Serving Parliamentarian:
    • Bhartruhari Mahtab’s consistent representation of the Cuttack constituency has made him one of the longest-serving MPs in the 18th Lok Sabha. He has been a part of the Lower House of Parliament since 1998.
    • In the 17th Lok Sabha, he served on the panel of chairpersons, contributing to parliamentary proceedings.
  4. The Pro-Tem Speaker Role:
    • As the Pro-Tem Speaker, Mahtab will preside over the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected MPs during the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha.
    • His appointment reflects the BJP’s resounding victory in Odisha, where the party dislodged Naveen Patnaik’s 24-year regime. The BJP secured 78 seats in the state assembly and won 20 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats.
  5. Challenges and Expectations:
    • While Mahtab’s appointment has been met with approval from the ruling party, the Opposition raised concerns. They argued that Kodikunnil Suresh, an eight-term Lok Sabha member, should have been considered based on seniority.
    • Critics also alleged that Suresh’s sidelining was due to his Dalit community background, highlighting the need for transparency and inclusivity in such appointments.
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Bhartruhari Mahtab’s journey from Odisha’s political legacy to the Pro-Tem Speaker’s chair exemplifies dedication, experience, and commitment. As the 18th Lok Sabha begins its session, all eyes will be on Mahtab as he guides the house through its initial proceedings.

Disclaimer: This article is based on available information as of June 24, 2024. Any subsequent developments may not be reflected here.

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