Om Birla elected as Speaker of Lok Sabha

Updated: Jun 19, 2019, 12:32 IST | mid-day online desk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi went up to the Speaker's chair and congratulated him

Om Birla elected as Speaker of Lok Sabha
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NDA candidate Om Birla has been unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed Birla's name and was supported by all major Opposition parties, including Congress, TMC, DMK, and BJD.

The YSRCP and TDP also supported Birla's candidature.

Soon after Birla's appointment, Prime Minister Modi went up to the Speaker's chair and congratulated him.

Also read: Lesser known facts about new Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla on being unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Many MPs know Birla well. He has served in the state of Rajasthan also."

There was no other candidate in the fray and the motion moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to choose the Kota-Bundi MP as speaker was adopted by a voice vote. Birla also broke the record of women holding the position for the last 10 years. 

Birla is an agriculturist and social worker, the typical low-profile leader who has been active in politics from his student days and has also served as state unit president of the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha in 1991 and as vice-president at the national level.

Birla was elected to the 17th Lok Sabha from Kota where he defeated Congress' Ramnarain Meena by over 2.5 lakh votes. He was elected to the last Lok Sabha from the same seat.

Born on 23 November 1962, Om Birla completed his Masters in Commerce from Government Commerce College, Kota and the Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer.

In 2003, he defeated Shanti Dhariwal, of the Congress by a margin of 10,101 votes, to win his first assembly election from Kota South. Subsequently, he won the Assembly polls in 2008 and 2013.

Birla was the Parliamentary Secretary (MoS rank) in the Vasundhara Raje government from 2003 to 2008. In the last Lok Sabha, Birla was a member of the Standing Committee on Energy in Parliament and member of Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Leaders from the BJP, the Congress, the DMK and the TMC went up the podium to greet the 56-year-old new speaker of the Lower House.

Though the Congress and the DMK had moved notices for supporting Birla as the speaker well past the 12 noon Tuesday deadline, the pro-tem Speaker allowed it to be included as a "special case". 

Also read: Om Birla is NDA's nominee for Lok Sabha speaker's position

Birla has also been in charge of the organisational revamp of the party in 2018 when the then Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was drawing flak from the public.

He has also initiated several social welfare programs, including launching in 2012 Paridhan, an initiative which engages in distributing clothes and books for the poor and opened several blood donation camps.

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