Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked him for ensuring the election of her party MP M Thambidurai as the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
Raj Nath Singh, the Union Home Minister proposed the name of Thambidurai as the deputy speaker of Lok Sabha. The name was seconded by Sushma Swaraj, and later he is elected unanimously.
AIADMK is the third largest party in Lok Sabha after BJP and Congress. The move to appoint Jayalalithaa’s party as deputy speaker will help the government to push legislation in Rajya Sabha where the ruling party has only 46 seats, out of 250.
A five-term member, Thambidurai represents Karur constituency in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK is the second largest party in the Opposition after the Congress.
Soon after Thambidurai was elected as Deputy Speaker, Modi described him as a “multi-faceted personality” and thanked all parties, especially those in the Opposition, for electing him unanimously.