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NEW DELHI
Manohar Joshi Speaking
From the federal to the fanatic. That best explains the culmination of the speaker-succession drama. The Shiv Sena’s Union minister for heavy industries Manohar Joshi will be the new Lok Sabha speaker, and this puts to rest speculation on who would fill the post left vacant by G.M.C. Balayogi’s death in a chopper crash. His party TDP, in an effort to distance itself from the BJP post Gujarat, declined to nominate another candidate.

Besides Joshi, petroleum minister Ram Naik, tourism minister Jagmohan, BJP spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra, were all considered for the post. However, Joshi’s name emerged as the natural choice as the two BJP ministers weren’t keen on giving up their ministerial berths and Malhotra was also vying for a cabinet post.

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