Congress, UPA Allies To Support Om Birla's Nomination As Lok Sabha Speaker

Om Birla

Om Birla

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), too, backed him for the post.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, home minister Amit Shah and minister for transport and highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari proposed Birla's name for the Speaker's post.

The parties include NDA constituents Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, JD (U), LJP, AIADMK, Apna Dal, National People's Party (NPP) and Mizo National Front (MNF).

The BJP also reached out to the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) seeking their support for Birla.

Chowdhury also said the Congress has already moved a motion supporting the ruling party candidate.

Speaking after Om Birla's election as Speaker, Modi said that the Speaker has the duty to guide the House through tough moments of logjam and acute differences.

NDA nominee Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected speaker of the Lok Sabha with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition assuring him of their whole-hearted support in the smooth conduct of proceedings in the House.

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Birla, who won his first Lok Sabha election in 2014 and was again elected this year from Rajasthan's Kota-Bundi seat. Birla was elected to the 17th Lok Sabha from Kota where he defeated Congress' Ramnarain Meena by over 2.5 lakh votes. The NDA is also hoping to get the support of four independents.

Modi led the new Speaker to the presiding officer's chair.

Birla's surprise nomination is seen by many in the BJP as a message from the top leadership that the party will promote leaders who keep a low-profile and work at the ground-level. "We are very thankful to the cabinet for choosing him".

However, this will not be for the first time a relative newcomer will hold the position.

Birla, a Masters in Commerce, has earlier been a member of the Rajasthan Assembly thrice from 2003. He has been in public life for years.

He has also been the Akhil Bharatiya Janata Yuva Mocha national Vice President as well as the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha state President in Rajasthan.

In the last Lok Sabha, the 56-year-old 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. He has an 86% average attendance in the House.

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