Q. How long does the Speaker of a dissolved Lok Sabha continue in his office ? Who presides over the first meeting of a newly constituted Lok Sabha?
Ans. The Speaker of a dissolved Lok Sabha continues to hold office till just before the first meeting of the newly constituted Lok Sabha. This provision is made in order to maintain the continuity in the functioning of the Lok Sabha. The Speaker of a dissolved Lok Sabha however, does not preside over the first meeting of the newly constituted Lok Sabha. The first meeting of a new Lok Sabha is presided over by the Protem Speaker. Usually the senior-most member of the House is designated by the President as Protem Speaker. The Protem Speaker remains in the chair till the new Speaker is elected by the House.