Will Chandrababu be pro-tem Speaker?

After its unexpected defeat in the State Assembly elections, Telugu Desam Party Chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has accepted the drubbing at the hustings. However, with 23 MLAs, while he may be the Opposition Leader in the Legislative assembly, he now also has the opportunity to create a record by becoming a pro-tem Speaker.

Chandrababu Naidu is the senior-most leader in the house with a career spanning four decades — a three-time Chief Minister and a two-time Opposition leader. Generally, the senior-most leader gets the opportunity to be a pro-tem Speaker who facilitates the swearing-in of all the legislators of the House, before a Speaker is chosen for the assembly.

Meanwhile, it is not clear whether Chandrababu will accept this opportunity. In such a case, the next leader in line is Ganta Srinivasa Rao who stands the chance of becoming a pro-tem Speaker. It is now left to the TDP leadership to decide what they would do with this. However, it would be a good chance for Chandrababu to clear air that he welcomes the new government if he decides to become a pro-tem Speaker.

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