Article 93 defines the election of both speaker and deputy speaker of Lok Sabha and Article 178 provides the election of speaker and deputy speaker of the Legislative assembly of the state.
In absence of a speaker, the role of deputy speaker becomes most important to handle the Lok Sabha proceeding and Legislative Assemblies.
But this important constitutional post has been vacant in several states, including Lok Sabha for three year. A PIL has been filed in the Supreme court regarding the vacant post of Speaker in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of state.
A Bench led by Chief justice DY ChandraChud and Justice PS Narasimha and Justice Pardiwala of has sought a response from the central Government and also has demanded the intervention of the Attorney General of India to give a reply in this matter.
Petitioner pointed out that the post of Deputy Speaker is not subordinate to the speaker as both posts hold equal responsibility and privileges. The vacant post of Deputy speaker is violating the basic essence of the constitution and democratic mandate.
“Both in the Lok Sabha and in the legislatures of these states, the post of Deputy Speaker has not been filled up. Article 93 for Lok Sabha mandates that posts are filled. Article 178 does so for state legislatures. In that sense, it’s mandatory for the post of Deputy Speaker to take place.” CJI said.