Leader of the House (Vishwamitra)

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Leader of the House
नेता सदन
Logo of the Leader of the House of the Lok Sabha.svg
Logo of the Leader of the House
Portrait of Farhaz Hazarika (November 2021).jpg
Incumbent
Duke Farhaz Hazarika

since 9 November 2022
StyleHis Excellency The Most Honourable
Member ofLok Sabha
Reports toLok Sabha
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerLok Sabha/Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
Inaugural holderArnisha Phatowali
Formation2007; 16 years ago (2007)

The Leader of the House in Lok Sabha (Hindi: लोकसभा में सदन के नेता) is the parliamentary chairperson of the party or coalition that holds the majority in the Lok Sabha and is responsible for the government business in the parliament. The office-holder is usually the prime minister and occasionally a very senior cabinet minister of the government.

The leader of the house is assisted by a deputy leader who is most senior minister in the government after the prime minister or the minister who is serving as the leader. The deputy leader performs the duties of the leader in the case of their leave, absence, removal, resignation, or death.

The current leader of the house in the 15th Lok Sabha is Prime Minister Duke Farhaz Hazarika of the National People's Congress.

History

The leader of the house was for the first time occupied by Arnisha Phatowali, the first prime minister in the interim parliament and later formally by Dhrubajyoti Roy in 2010 after the constitution of the 1st Lok Sabha. Ten individuals have served as the leader of the house of whom seven were the prime ministers. Three other individuals who served as the leader of the house were senior cabinet ministers. It was for the first time in December 2014 when a non-prime minister was appointed as the leader of the house. Following the resignation of Sarala Baishya] as the prime minister on 27 December 2014, then Social Welfare minister Anoushkaa Patranabish was appointed as the leader of the house.

In April 2017, then prime minister Dhrubajyoti Roy was replaced by Sarala Baishya who was not an elected member of the parliament and nor was her deputy Arnab Sil. Thus, the next senior most cabinet minister Abhiraj Kar who was the Minister of External Affairs, Corporate Affairs and Social Justice, was chosen to become the leader of the house. A similar instance occured in December the same year when then president Dhrubajyoti Roy became the prime minister, however him not being a member of the house, was ineligible to become the leader. He, then, nominated his deputy Tanishkaa Patranabish to act as the leader of the house and replaced her after being elected during the 2018 general election.

Asmi Patranabis and Bishnu Chetry also served as the leaders of the house when the prime minister was not a member of the house. Bishnu Chetry holds the dignity of being the only non-prime minister to serving as the leader of the house for two non-consecutive terms.

Responsibility

There are not any formally and constitutionally listed responsibilities of the leader of the house. However, conventionally they are vested upon with several duties and functions, which include:

  • Managing and announcing the business of the Lok Sabha weekly and facilitating motions and debate in the house, particularly on House business.
  • Government’s representative in the House.
  • Parliamentary reform and policy.

Leaders of the house

Term Portrait Name
(born – died)
Constituency
Tenure in office Other ministerial offices held as leader Political party Government Prime Minister
From To Time in office
Interim Arnisha Phatowali
अर्निशा फतोवाली
(born 2000)
Representative
15 April
2007
31 December
2009
2 years, 260 days Independent Arnisha Self
1st Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
MP for Maligaon
12 January
2010
22 May
2012
4 years, 129 days Dhrubajyoti I Self
2nd 22 May
2012
21 May
2014
Dhrubajyoti II
3rd Sarala Baishya (2).jpg Sarala Baishya
सरला वैश्य
(born 2005)
MP for Basant Bahar
21 May
2014
27 December
2014
220 days Sarala I Self
Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
अनुष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2010)
MP for Beltola II
27 December
2014
22 February
2015
57 days Dhrubajyoti Roy
(Acting)
4th Tanishkaa Patranabish (2010-2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
22 February
2015
6 December
2015
287 days Tanishkaa I Self
5th Sarala Baishya (2).jpg Sarala Baishya
सरला वैश्य
(born 2005)
MP for Basant Bahar
6 December
2015
11 April
2016
127 days Sarala II Self
6th Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
MP for Maligaon
11 April
2016
30 December
2016
1 year, 1 day Secular Party Dhrubajyoti III Self
7th 30 December
2016
12 April
2017
Dhrubajyoti IV
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
MP for Vinovanagar
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Independent Party Sarala III Sarala Baishya
8th Tanishkaa Patranabish (2010-2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
5 July
2017
25 December
2017
259 days Secular Party Tanishkaa II Self
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
Dhrubajyoti V Dhrubajyoti Roy
9th Dhrubajyoti Roy - Official Photo 1.jpg Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
MP for Maligaon
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
53 days Congress Dhrubajyoti VI Self
Tanishkaa Patranabish (2010-2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
14 May
2018
11 September
2018
120 days Secular Party Tanishkaa III Self
Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनाबिस
(born 2007)
MP for Bhetapara
11 September
2018
12 October
2018
31 days Dhrubajyoti Roy
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Congress Dhrubajyoti VII
10th Tanishkaa-patranabihs.jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
MP for Basant Bahar
7 January
2019
15 March
2019
67 days Secular Party Tanishkaa IV Self
11th 17 March
2019
3 March
2020
352 days Congress Tanishkaa V
12th 22 March
2020
30 Apr
2020
39 days Congress Tanishkaa VI
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
10 May
2020
7 June
2020
28 days Tanishkaa VII
Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Princess
Anoushkaa

राजकुमारी अनुष्का
(born 2010)
MP for Beltola Urban
8 June
2020
28 January
2021
234 days Anoushkaa II Self
13th Portrait of Stefan Marius Snagoveanu (Vishwamitra).png Duke
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu

स्टेफन मारियस स्नागोवेनु
(born 2004)
MP for Rajagriha
6 March
2021
9 September
2021
187 days Ștefan II Self
Portrait of Farhaz Hazarika (November 2021).jpg Duke
Farhaz Hazarika

(born 2003)
MP for Basistha City
(13th and 15th),
Rashtra Niwas (14th)
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Self
14th 22 November
2021
3 October
2022
315 days Farhaz II
Independent Farhaz III
15th 9 November
2022
Incumbent 84 days Congress Farhaz IV

Deputy leaders of the house

The deputy leader of the house is the second most senior member of the government after the leader of the house, who represents the government in the floor of the house in the absence of the leader. In case of the demise, resignation or removal of the leader of the house, the deputy leader becomes the acting leader of the house until a permanent leader is chosen. In most cases when the prime ministers served as the leader of the house, it was their deputy prime minister who acted as the deputy leader or in the absence of a deputy prime minister, the most senior cabinet minister. The current deputy leader of the house in the 15th Lok Sabha is Count Rafe Burfield, the current Minister of External Affairs, Culture, and Cabinet Affairs.

Term Portrait Name
(born – died)
Constituency
Tenure in office Other ministerial offices held as leader Political party Government Leader of the House
From To Time in office
Interim Dhrubajyoti Roy (2010-2016).PNG Dhrubajyoti Roy
ध्रुबज्योति रॉय
(born 2002)
Representative
15 April
2007
31 December
2009
2 years, 260 days Independent Arnisha Arnisha Phatowali
1st Tanishkaa Patranabish (2010-2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
12 January
2010
22 May
2012
4 years, 129 days Dhrubajyoti I Dhrubajyoti Roy
2nd 22 May
2012
21 May
2014
Dhrubajyoti II
3rd Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
अनुष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2010)
MP for Beltola II
21 May
2014
27 December
2014
220 days Sarala I Sarala Baishya
Position vacant [a] 27 December
2014
22 February
2015
57 days None Anoushkaa Patranabish
4th Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
अनुष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2010)
MP for Beltola II
22 February
2015
6 December
2015
1 year, 223 days
  • Minister of Child Welfare
Tanishkaa I Tanishkaa Patranabish
5th 6 December
2015
11 April
2016
Sarala II Sarala Baishya
6th 11 April
2016
2 October
2016
Secular Party Dhrubajyoti III Dhrubajyoti Roy
Tanishkaa Patranabish (2010-2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
2 October
2016
30 December
2016
138 days
7th 30 December
2016
17 February
2017
Dhrubajyoti IV
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
MP for Vinovanagar
17 February
2017
12 April
2017
54 days Independent Party
Anirban Phatowali new photo.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
MP for West Gotanagar
12 April
2017
5 July
2017
84 days Sarala III Abhiraj Kar
8th Sarala Baishya (2).jpg Sarala Baishya
सरला वैश्य
(born 2005)
MP for Basant Bahar
5 July
2017
25 December
2017
173 days Tanishkaa II Tanishkaa Patranabish
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
MP for Maligaon
25 December
2017
21 March
2018
86 days Freedom Party Dhrubajyoti V Tanishkaa Patranabish
9th Tanishkaa Patranabish (2010-2018).jpg Tanishkaa Patranabish
तनिष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2004)
MP for Beltola
21 March
2018
13 May
2018
53 days Secular Party Dhrubajyoti VI Dhrubajyoti Roy
Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनाबिस
(born 2007)
MP for Bhetapara
14 May
2018
11 September
2018
120 days Tanishkaa III Tanishkaa Patranabish
Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
11 September
2018
12 October
2018
31 days Congress Asmi Patranabis
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Abhiraj Kar
अभिराज कर
(born 2006)
MP for Vinovanagar
12 October
2018
6 January
2019
86 days Dhrubajyoti VII Bishnu Chetry
10th Bishnu Chetry.png Bishnu Chetry
बिष्णु छेत्री
(born 2001)
MP for Kalapani
7 January
2019
15 March
2019
67 days Tanishkaa IV Tanishkaa Patranabish
11th 17 March
2019
29 September
2019
196 days Tanishkaa V
Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
अनुष्का पत्रनबिश
(born 2010)
MP for Beltola Urban
29 September
2019
3 March
2020
156 days
12th 22 March
2020
30 April
2020
39 days Congress Tanishkaa VI
Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
MP for Maligaon
10 May
2020
7 June
2020
28 days Tanishkaa VII Bishnu Chetry
Photo of Abhiraj Kar.jpg Senior Prince
Abhiraj

वरिष्ठराजकुमार अभिराज
(born 2006)
MP for Vinovanagar
8 June
2020
28 January
2021
234 days Anoushkaa II Princess
Anoushkaa
13th Portrait of Farhaz Hazarika (November 2021).jpg Duke
Farhaz Hazarika

(born 2003)
MP for Basistha City
6 March
2021
9 September
2021
187 days Ștefan II Duke
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Portait michal (3).jpg Duke
Michal Nowacki

मिशल नोवाकी
(born 2003)
MP for National Capital Constituency
11 September
2021
21 October
2021
40 days Farhaz I Duke
Farhaz Hazarika
14th 22 November
2021
27 December
2021
35 days Farhaz II
Duke
Rory McPhail

रोरी मैकफैल
(born 2007)
MP for Kalapani
27 December
2021
17 March
2022
80 days
12 May
2022
3 October
2022
144 days Independent Farhaz III
15th Burfield-August 2022.jpg Count
Rafe Burfield

राफे बरफ़ील्ड
(born 2005)
MP for Chandril
9 November
2022
Incumbent 84 days Congress Farhaz IV

Citations

  1. The position of the deputy leader of the house became vacant on 27 December 2014 after incumbent deputy leader Anoushkaa Patranabish became the leader of the house.

See also