Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, June 5:
The twenty MPs of Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal will support the candidature of senior BJP member Sumitra Mahajan for the post of Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
This was announced by the BJD’s parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Bhatruhari Mahtab.
Veteran parliamentarian Ms Mahajan today filed her nomination for the post.
There are reports that since the BJP doesn’t have the requisite numbers in the Rajya Sabha, it would have to fall back either on the AIADMK or the BJD or both to pass the bills in the upper house and is therefore contemplating to offer one of these two parties the post of deputy speaker in Lok Sabha.
Although, the BJD leadership is not willing to say it in as many words, it is clear that it has informally joined the ranks of the NDA, informed sources said.