The post of Deputy Speaker is still vacant and NDA still has to nominate a name for the post, this post usually goes to a party that is not part of the ruling side. In 2014, BJP had handed the post to AIADMK MP M Thambidurai, but BJP contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an alliance partner with AIADMK.
But this time the post can go to Shiv Sena, BJD or even JD(U). But as per the sources say Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray who shares a close relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party may have a strong claim for the post. The party is likely to propose Bhawana Gawali as its nominee for the post, said sources.
While, Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress Party is most likely to turn down the post if they are not assured of special status for Andhra Pradesh. YSR Congress will not accept the post till the time the Centre grants special status to Andhra Pradesh.
Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janta Dal (BJD) is also keen on bagging the Deputy Speaker’s post as it wishes to maintain a safe distance from both BJP and Congress. While NDA’s Bihar partner Janata Dal (United) led by Nitish Kumar is also in running for the post as the party has it did not take any Cabinet berth in the Modi governmet 2.0.