New Delhi: The Congress on its part has found a trump card once again. Its leader Meira Kumar will be unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 15th Lok Sabha on Wednesday - making her the first woman to hold the post.
But, with a woman at the helm, will it change things? Will MPs who were used to angry exchanges and sometimes even violent blows be more careful in front of a woman Speaker. Already the first signs of a change in their behavior can be seen.
There are signs of camaraderie and bonhomie in the 15th Lok Sabha. Warmth that has not been seen in a long time. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh having been called weak throughout his first stint was the first one to offer a hand of friendship to the opposition.
"We will work with the opposition," said the Prime Minister.
However, just as a reality check, the opposition members are quick to point out that it's just the beginning. And the two sides have to travel a long distance.
"Abhi to sirf oath taking hai, aage dekhiye kya hota hai (It's just the oath taking right now, let's see what happens in the future)," said Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav.
These were the defining image of the previous Lok Sabha. 423 hours of parliamentary time wasted which equals to Rs 56 crores of tax payers money being spent in running Parliament.
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