"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."

Referring to her battle-hardened political career, the Prime Minister said she has risen from the ranks after starting as an ordinary member of the Indore Municipal Corporation and has become an MP for eight terms due to her public service.
    
Modi said Mahajan's experience will be very crucial and important for the house.
    
Drawing parallels, Modi said the 16th Lok Sabha is similar to that of the country's first Lok Sabha as the present House has around 315 first time members.
    
With new blood and aspirations, coupled with great traditions of the past, the House could become a temple of energy to help address the hopes of the people, he said, adding the Speaker's name "Sumitra" itself gives a feeling of friendliness.
    
Quoting a Sanskrit saying, "Mahajano yena gatasya pantha" (you should follow great people), Modi said, "We now have a 'Mahajan' (great person) presiding over the House and what could be more appropriate?"

Describing her assignment as glorious and challenging, Mahajan assured members that she would not let them down and try to do justice by fulfilling their expectations.
    
Modi later tweeted saying he has known Mahajan for years and has seen her dedication and monumental service towards people -- be it as an MP or a Union Minister.

The Prime Minister later assured the Speaker in a tweet of his complete support and co-operation in running the house smoothly.
 
"I wish Sumitraji the very best in her role as Speaker. I assure our complete support and cooperation in the smooth running of the House," he tweeted.

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

JPN/Agencies

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