Ending all speculations, former Union Minister and seven-time MP Virendra Kumar has been made the Pro-tem Speaker of the new Lok Sabha which will have its first session from June 17.

Many big names were doing the rounds for the post including that of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi.

Maneka Gandhi was earlier dropped from the Union Cabinet.

Besides Gandhi, other names included Jual Oram, Virendra Kumar, SS Ahluwalia, Ramesh Jigajinagi and Radha Mohan Singh.

Virendra Kumar, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Madhya Pradesh, will administer the oath to the newly-elected members of the 17th Lok Sabha.

In the first term of the Modi government, the 65-year-old leader was Minister of State for Women and Child Development.

The Pro-tem Speaker is a temporary arrangement till the regular Speaker is elected by the Lok Sabha.

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will begin on June 17 and election of new Speaker will take place on June 19. The President will address a joint sitting of the two houses on June 20. The parliament session will continue till July 26 and the budget will be presented on July 5.

The Parliament session will continue till July 26.

(With inputs from IANS)