Karia Munda, BJP's tribal leader from Jharkhand, was today named by the party as its candidate for the post of Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha.
"The BJP's Central Parliamentary Board held a meeting today after the government's proposal that as per the convention that the Deputy Speaker's post be given to the main opposition party.
"The Parliamentary Board decided to name six-time party MP in the Lok Sabha Karia Munda as the candidate for the post," BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley told reporters.
72-year-old Munda was a minister in the Morarji Desai government and later in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee ministry. He was earlier an MLA in Bihar and later in Jharkhand.
When asked whether Munda's candidature was done with the aim of winning tribal support for the party, Jaitley said, "It is true that Munda belongs to the ST community, but along with that he has a vast legislative experience and this decision was made considering his seniority."