|Examine the following statements regarding the Presiding Officers of Lok Sabha.|
|1. The oath of office to the new members of Lok Sabha is administered by the Speaker of the previous Lok Sabha.|
|2. The Deputy Speaker works as a subordinate to the Speaker.|
|3. The oath of office to the Pro Tern Speaker is administered by the President.|
|4. If the office of the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker falls vacant, a member of the Panel of|
|Chairpersons performs the required duties until a new Speaker and Deputy Speaker is elected.|
|Which of the statements] given above is/are correct?|
A) Only 1
B) 1 and 2
C) Only 3
D) 2 and 4
Correct Answer: C
Solution :[c] The oath of office to the new members of Lok Sabha is administered by the Pro Tern Speaker, who is generally the senior-most member of Lok Sabha. Thus, Statement 1 is incorrect. The Deputy Speaker is directly responsible to the Lok Sabha and is not subordinate to the Speaker and so Statement 2 is also incorrect. Statement 3 is correct since the President himself appoints and administers the oath of office to the Pro Tern Speaker. Statement 4 is also incorrect since, when the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker falls vacant, the President appoints a member of the House temporarily to perform such duties and such duties are not performed by anyone from the panel of chairpersons.
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