The biggest ally Shiv Sena claims the post of adjunct speaker

(This story originally appeared in on June 6, 2019) (This article was originally published by the Economic Times on 06/06/2019.)

The head of Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray, has transmitted three key demands to the president of BJP and the interior minister of the Union Amit Shah , including a claim for the deputy post in the new Lok Sabha .

Thackeray also sought greater ministerial representation for his party and made a pitch for a heavier portfolio for Arvind Ganpat Sawant, the sole cabinet minister of Shiv Sena, who was assigned to heavy industries and public companies.

Sena pramukh Uddhav Thackeray has transmitted to the highest sectors of the BJP and the central government that Shiv Sena, being the second largest ally of the NDA, has the natural right to the position of deputy speaker, parliamentary party of Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut He told ET on Wednesday. We hope our request is considered positively.

Bhavana Gawli is the senior-most Sena Lok Sabha member now.

the Janata Dal (United), the second largest ally of the NDA in the, was assigned the position of vice president of the Upper House a few months ago.

While we are happy that the BJP on its own has got majority in the Lok Sabha, it is also important that the respective strength of the allies be acknowledged, Raut said.

With 18 members in the Lok Sabha and three in the Rajya Sabha, a single cabinet berth is disproportionate and the party should get a more rational and proportionate representation through an early expansion of the cabinet, Raut said.

Sawant's current portfolio is too insignificant and Shiv Sena wants a more meaningful ministry for him, Raut said.

the JDU, the third-largest NDA ally with 16 Lok Sabha seats, chose not to be part of the Union Cabinet after it was offered only one berth, as have all other BJP allies.

THE ANGLE BJD

the Sena’s demand comes amid speculation over who will be chosen as the deputy speaker.

The decision of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to replace the eminent parliamentarian Bhartruhari Mahtab with Pinaki Misra as the BJD floor leader in the Lok Sabha has led to talk that Mahtab may be in the running.

Si bien the círculos de BJD dicen que esa conversación es una mera especulación en este momento, muchos en la capital esperan claridad sobre el tema durante la probable reunión de Patnaik con el Primer Ministro Narendra Modi este fin de semana.

In the previous Lok Sabha, the main opposition Congress party was overlooked and the deputy speaker's post went to the AIADMK, then the second-largest opposition party, which was perceived to be friendly to the Modi regime.

This time, too, there are no indications that the Congress will be offered the post. the DMK, a close ally of the Congress, is the second-largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha with 23 members, followed by TMC and YSRCP (22 each) and BJD (12).

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