VIRENDRA Kumar, a seventh time BJP MP from Tikamgarh constituency in Madhya Pradesh and a former Union Minister, has been chosen to be the Protem Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Usually, the senior-most member of the House is chosen as Protem Speaker whose job is to oversee the oath taking by the newly-elected members and the election of a regular Speaker of the House. Kumar is likely to be administered the oath of office at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on April 17, the day the newly-elected Lok Sabha commences its first session. On the first two day, the new MPs will take oath.
The Election for the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled to be held on June 19. Kumar was elected to 11th Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and became the member of Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare. Later, he was re-elected to the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Lok Sabha continuously. He had served as member and Chairmen of various committees.
He was also the Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs between September, 2017 and May, 2019. The Election for the Speaker will be held on June 19. Kumar, who holds a PhD in Child Labour, had started his political career in 1977 when he became the Convener of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (A B V P), District Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. Kumar was also associated with RSS since childhood and served a prison sentence of 16 months under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) in protest against the imposition of Emergency. He was elected to 11th Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and became the member of Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare. Consecutively, he was re-elected to the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Lok Sabha continuously and served as the Member as well chairperson of different committees.