BJP MP Dr Virendra Kumar to be Protem Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 11, 2019, 12.35 PM(IST)

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Kumar who hails from a Dalit family has served as the Member of Parliament six times.

BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Dr Virendra Kumar has been announced as the Protem Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.

Kumar, 65, who hails from a Dalit family has earlier served as the Member of Parliament six times.

As protem speaker, Kumar will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs. He will also oversee the election of the Lok Sabha speaker. 

He was a minister of state in the previous Modi government and won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Tikamgarh.

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will start from June 17 and will continue till July 26. 

Kumar, who holds a Ph 0D in Child Labor, 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.

He 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 chairpersons of different committees.

Kumar was also the Union Minister of State, Ministry of Women and Child Development; and Ministry of Minority Affairs between September 2017 to May 2019.

(With inputs from agencies)