Om Birla, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from Kota-Bundi constituency in Rajasthan, is likely to be the new Lok Sabha speaker. Om Birla has been re-elected for the second term after he defeated Congress leader Ramnarayan Meena by a huge margin of 2.5 lakh votes.
When asked about the development, Birla said, “I have no information, I had just went to meet the Working President as a karyakarta.”
The NDA has proposed his name for the post of 17th Lok Sabha speaker for which the elections will held on Wednesday. He filed his nomination for the post today at 12 pm. If selected, Om Birla will succeed 16th Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Om Birla before being elected as the Member of Parliament, served three-time Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Kota South in 2003, 2008 and 2013.
Before making his way in the national politics, Birla was active in student politics. He was the president of student union in 1979 at the Government Senior Secondary School, Gumanpura.
Mr. Birla became a key leader in Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha as he served as the district president for the youth wing party for four years. He then became Rajasthan state president for the organisation for six years consecutively before being elevated to national vice-president of All India Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha for another six years.
Born on November 23, 1962, the 56-year-old Om Birla has completed his Masters in Commerce from Govt. Commerce College in Kota and Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University in Ajmer. He is known for his active work social sector as he has initiated several welfare programs including Paridhan which involved distribution of clothes and books for the weaker section of society.
Mr Birla has served as the director of Coal India, chairman of Rajasthan State Cooperative Consumer Association and vice president of National Cooperative Consumer Association.
Mr Birla has been active member of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS). He was imprisoned in Uttar Pradesh ‘due to active participation in Ram Mandir construction movement.’