Eight-time MP with independent mind
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.