Eight-time MP with in­de­pen­dent mind

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

Her name was in cir­cu­la­tion as the pro-tem Speaker but after the se­lec­tion of Viren­dra Ku­mar, she has be­come one of the con­tenders for the top Par­lia­ment post, es­pe­cially after be­ing dropped as a min­is­ter in the cur­rent gov­ern­ment. As an eight-time MP, Maneka is the se­nior­most LS mem­ber. Be­ing a woman also goes in her favour. How­ever, her el­e­va­tion to post of Speaker is be­ing seen with scep­ti­cism as she has an in­de­pen­dent mind and also does not come from the Sangh Pari­var. In­formed sources in BJP and in govt say she may not be the best choice be­cause of miss­ing per­sua­sive skills.

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