In an interesting move, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had offered the Deputy Speaker post in Lok Sabha to the YSR Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent his emissary to YSR Congress supremo and chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy giving the offer. BJP national spokesman and Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao met Jaganmohan Reddy in the Chief Minister’s Camp Office on Tuesday and conveyed the Prime Minister’s offer. However, it is not known whether Jaganmohan Reddy had accepted the offer or not.
The YSR Congress with 22 MPs had emerged as the fourth largest party in Lok Sabha in this election. While BJP with 303 MPs stands top of all the political parties, the Congress stands in the second place with 52 MPs followed by the DMK from Tamil Nadu with 23 MPs. The YSR Congress and the Mamatha Benerji’s Trinamool Congress have scored 22 MPs each. The BJP broke the tradition of offering the deputy speaker post to the opposition parties in 2014 and had offered it to the AIADMK’s Thambi Durai. Now, the BJP wants the post to be given to the non-Congress and the non-UPA parties.
As a result of this decision, the BJP is not ready to give the post to the DMK, though it had 23 MPs and stands in the third place after the BJP and the Congress. The DMK is now part of the Congress-led UPA. The BJP is also not ready to give this post to the Trinamool Congress, which scored 22 MPs. The only option now left for the BJP is the YSR Congress with the 22 MPs. It is for this reason, the BJP had offered the post to the YSR Congress.
However, there is no official confirmation from the YSR Congress about this offer and its stand on the issue. The YSR Congress is not prepared to move close to the BJP at this point of time without getting clearance from the BJP leadership on the Special category status. As there is time for the YSR Congress to decide, as the Parliament session is scheduled for June 17, Jaganmohan Reddy wants to have discussion with the party leaders on the issue. He is also planning to have a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when both meet in Delhi at the NITI Aayog meeting on June 15.