Ahead of Monday's 18th lok sabha session, bjp mp Bhartruhari Mahtab was sworn in as the pro-tem Speaker by President Droupadi Murmu. Together with prime minister Narendra Modi, who will head the House, he is supposed to deliver the oath to recently elected Members of Parliament.
The first session of the 18th lok sabha is scheduled to start today. congress and india bloc MPs are expected to abstain from helping with the newly elected MPs' oath-taking ceremony, citing their displeasure with the appointment of bjp mp Bhartruhari Mehtab as protem Speaker instead of the eight-time congress mp K Suresh.

All newly elected Members of parliament will be sworn in today, marking the start of the first session of the 18th lok sabha, which will last till July 3. The lok sabha Speaker will be chosen on june 26 after the two-day swearing-in ceremony, and on june 27, President Murmu will address a joint session of both chambers. For the first time in 10 years, a new leader of the opposition in the lok sabha will be appointed.

What to expect today?
- Bhartruhari Mahtab, a member of the bharatiya janata party, was sworn in as the acting Speaker of the lok sabha by President Droupadi Murmu. Mahtab will now extend an invitation to leader of the lok sabha, prime minister Narendra Modi, to take the oath of office as a member of the House.
- To help the pro-tem Speaker administer the oath to the newly elected members, President Murmu has nominated suresh Kodikunnil, Thalikkottai Rajuthevar Baalu, radha mohan Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste, and Sudip Bandyopadhyay. Three opposition MPs, however, are probably going to abstain from supporting the pro-tem Speaker.

The opposition wants to question the BJP-led nda government about the june 26 Speaker election. There will also be debates about suspected paper leaks in NEET-UG and UGC-NET, as well as disagreements over the pro-tem Speaker's appointment. - The first session is anticipated to be acrimonious.
- The Opposition plans to take the national democratic alliance (NDA) to task over matters including food inflation, growing costs, heatwave-related mortality, and recent “irregularities” in evaluation procedures.

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