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Gavit to be Protem Speaker

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NEW DELHI: Senior-most Lok Sabha member Manikrao Gavit has been appointed Protem Speaker by President Pratibha Patil.

Mr. Gavit, who belongs to the Congress, will perform the duties of the Speaker till the election of a new Speaker on June 3. A nine-term Lok Sabha member, Mr. Gavit, 75, has a cumulative experience of about 27 years in the Lok Sabha. He had served as Minister of State for Home in the UPA government.

The President also appointed a panel of four senior members to administer oath to the new members.

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