After its first woman President, India may get its first woman Lok Sabha Speaker.
For the first time in the history of parliament, the Lok Sabha will have a woman as Speaker. The Core Committee of the Congress party that met on Saturday picked Meira Kumar for the post. The new Speaker will be elected on June 3 after all the MPs have been administered the oath.
Meira, daughter of Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram, appears the front-runner over Vyas, the articulate former womens commission chief; picking a Dalit may help the Congress counter Mayavatis aura among the community.
The party leadership decided in favour of sending out a strong message to women. The move appears to be the brainchild of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who has long supported the idea of giving 33 per cent reservation for women.