BJP’s Om Birla Elected Lok Sabha Speaker

NEW DELHI: NDA nominee Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected as speaker of the Lok Sabha with several parties moving a motion in his support. 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. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who moved the motion for his election, personally led him to the Speaker’s chair after the formalities were over. “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,” PM Modi said.
A total of 13 motions were moved in support of Birla. Since the motion moved by Modi, also leader of the House, was adopted, the other motions became infructuous. Birla was declared elected as speaker by pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar. 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”. Birla, who won his first Lok Sabha election in 2014, was again elected this year from Rajasthan’s Kota-Bundi seat.
Commending the lawmaker on his public service, PM Modi said: “The work that you have done, the manner in which you have dedicated your life for the benefit of the nation in all your years as a legislator and a parliamentarian, is commendable. Your contribution to Rajasthan has been immense. The small town of Kota has greatly benefitted from your tireless service.”
Mr Birla, he said, had been there not only for the people of Rajasthan, but also contributed to the reconstruction efforts after the earthquake in Gujarat’s Bhuj.

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