Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Om Birla was elected as the 17th Lok Sabha speaker on Wednesday. Om Birla, who is two-time Member of Parliament from Rajasthan’s Kota constituency, was elected unanimously after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed his name on the third day of Lok Sabha session.
Om Birla’s candidature was supported by all the NDA allies. The Congress, DMK, AIADMK, Biju Janata Dal, YSR Congress were among others who supported Om Birla for the Lok Sabha speaker.
Birla was declared elected as speaker by pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar.
Birla, 56, will take over from eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan, who did not contest the Lok Sabha elections.
The Opposition did not field any candidate against Om Birla and the motion moved by Prime Minister Modi to choose the Kota-Bundi MP as Speaker was adopted by a voice vote.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Om Birla and recounted his contribution in progress of the nation.
PM Modi said, “It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla Ji on being unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Many MPs know Birla Ji well. He has served in the state of Rajasthan as well.”
“I remember working with Om Birla Ji for a long time. He represents Kota, a place that is mini-India, land associated with education and learning. He has been in public life for years. He began as a student leader and has been serving society since then without a break,” PM Modi added.
56-year-old, Om Birla, before being elected as the two-time MP from Rajasthan, served three-time Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Kota South in 2003, 2008 and 2013.
Om Birla is also currently a member of the Standing Committee on Energy in Parliament, member of Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.