The formal election will take place on Friday.

Opposition leaders, including the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, M Thambidurai (AIADMK), Sudip Bandopadhyay (Trinamool Congress), B Mahtab (BJD), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), HD Deve Gowda (JDS), Supriya Sule (NCP), Mohammed Salip (CPI-M) and Jitendra Reddy (TRS) are among the 19-proposers for Mahajan's name.

Besides the Prime Minister, other BJP leaders who have given motions proposing her name include Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj.

The motion given by the Prime Minister was seconded by BJP veteran LK Advani while Rajnath’s motion was backed by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Santosh Gangwar. Swaraj's motion has been seconded by BJP leader Giriraj Singh.

The other proposers in the ruling NDA include Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Anant Geete (Shiv Sena), Thota Narsimham (TDP) and Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD).

If elected, Mahajan will be the second woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha after Congress leader Meira Kumar.

Popularly known as 'Tai', Mahajan, the longest serving woman parliamentarian, had won from Indore by a great margin of 4,66,301 votes against Congress' Satyanarayan Patel.

Mahajan has surpassed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was chosen as Lok Sabha MP for seven times. She won Lok Sabha elections for the first time in 1989 against former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Prakash Chandra Sethi.

Meanwhile, the name of AIADMK member M Thambidurai is doing the rounds for the post of Deputy Speaker since the party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha had a lengthy meeting with the Prime Minister two days back.

The AIADMK recently made Thambidurai its Parliamentary party leader, a post he had held in the last Lok Sabha as well. Thambidurai represents Karur Lok Sabha constituency.

Thambidurai was Deputy Speaker between 1985 and 1989.

With the BJP-led NDA not having majority in the Rajya Sabha, it wants support from other parties and for this purpose, AIADMK, which has ten members in the Upper House, is apparently being wooed. However, there has been no formal word either from the BJP or AIADMK on the issue.

In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP has just 42 members and its ally Shiv Sena-3, Shirmomani Akali Dal-3 and TDP-6. RPI-A is having one member.

(JPN/Agencies)

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