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

Published: Jun 18, 2019, 16:13 IST | mid-day online desk

Om Birla, 57, has been MLA from Rajasthan thrice and MP twice. If elected, he will succeed eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan as Lok Sabha speaker.

Om Birla is NDA's nominee for Lok Sabha speaker's position
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New Delhi: Om Birla, BJP MP was welcome with loud applause when he entered the House and later when he got up to take oath as NDA's nominee for Lok Sabha Speaker's post. The formal proceedings were peppered with some banter, slogans, slip-ups as members were administered the oath on the second day of the maiden session.

Once nominated, Om Birla, who won from Kota-Bundi parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, will easily become the speaker as the National Democratic Alliance has a clear majority in the lower house. The election for the post is scheduled for Wednesday. The Opposition has not yet announced any candidate for the post while Tuesday is the last day to file nomination. Birla, 57, has been MLA from Rajasthan thrice and MP twice.

If elected, Om Birla will succeed eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan as Lok Sabha speaker. Usually, seniority is considered for Lok Sabha speaker's post but there have been instances when first-time and second-time lawmakers were elected for the chair. Manohar Joshi, who was elected as Lok Sabha speaker in 2002, was then a first-time MP. He had succeed GMC Balayogi, a second-time MP who died in a helicopter crash

Edited by mid-day online desk with inputs from PTI

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