NDA candidate Om Birla was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha on Wednesday, June 19.
Soon after Om Birla's appointment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went up to the Speaker's chair and congratulated him.
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.
On International Yoga Day, the newly-elected Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla took to performing yoga exercises in the Parliament. Pics/ Pallav Paliwal
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