"The House is adjourned for the day and will meet on June 9, Monday at 11 am, half an hour after the address of the President in the central hall," newly elected Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said.

Sumitra Mahajan unanimously elected Speaker of Lok Sabha

Eight-term member Mahajan was unanimously elected Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha, becoming the second woman presiding officer of the Lower House after her predecessor Meira Kumar.
 
71-year-old Mahajan, the longest-serving woman MP, was elected after a motion moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seconded by BJP veteran L K Advani was adopted by voice vote called by Protem Speaker Kamal Nath. 13 similar motions proposed and seconded by several parties in the ruling NDA as also in the opposition supporting Mahajan were also approved by the House.
    
Modi introduces ministers in Lok Sabha

After the election of the speaker and her address, the Prime Minister also introduced his cabinet ministers and the ministers of state to the members of the House. Modi introduced to the Lok Sabha 43 of the 44 members of his Council of Ministers.

All ministers were introduced in the House, barring Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal, who was absent.

After Goyal's name was announced by Modi, some Congress members shouted that he was not present in the House.     

"Then I will introduce him the next time," Modi said and continued announcing the names of other ministers. Those introduced included the BJP top-brass like Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance, Corporate and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Surface Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation Nitin Gadkari.

Among the ministers representing BJP's allies were Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete (Shiv Sena), Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD) and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju (TDP).

Others introduced by the Prime Minister included Social Justice and Empowerment Minister T C Gehlot, HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan. There are 22 Cabinet Ministers, 10 Ministers of State with independent charge and 12 Ministers of State.

Modi congratulates Sumitra Mahajan

The Prime Minister congratulated Mahajan on her being elected speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha and said it was a moment of pride for the world's largest democracy to have a woman at the topmost position of parliament.

"The Prime Minister congratulated Sumitra Mahajan(ji) on her unanimous election as the speaker of the Lok Sabha," the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet.

Addressing the house after the election, Modi said, "It is a moment of pride for all of us that in the world's largest democracy and at the top position of the temple of democracy, a woman is sitting and will be looking after the proceedings of the house."

Modi said Mahajan's experience will be very crucial and important for the house.

He also thanked all members of the house for unanimously electing Sumitra Mahajan as speaker and following the tradition of the house.

Modi later assured the speaker in a tweet of his complete support and co-operation in running the house smoothly.

"I have known Sumitra(ji) for years and have seen her dedication and monumental service towards people, be it as an MP or as union minister."

Jagdambika Pal fumbles while taking oath


Jagdambika Pal, who recently switched from Congress to BJP, fumbled as he tried to take oath in the Lower House without reading from a printed slip, leaving members amused.

Pal, who got elected on BJP ticket from Domariyaganj in Uttar Pradesh, finally had to read from the printed slip, which he had initially refused to accept.
    
The 63-year-old leader apparently wanted to display his oratorial skills by refusing to read from the printed slip which was offered by the Lok Sabha staff.
    
However, as he recited some parts of the oath in Sanskrit, he fumbled and could not go further. He then called for the printed slip to complete the oath.
Earlier, as he walked into the Well, Trinamool Congress leader Kalyan Banerjee was heard asking him, "in which party is he (Pal) now" in a lighter vein. In response, Pal said "in your party".
    
Banerjee was even heard remarking that Pal had also been a one-day Chief Minister.

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