Om Birla named NDA nominee for Lok Sabha Speaker post

New Delhi: Two-time Bharatiya Janata Party MP Om Birla was named National Democratic Alliance’s nominee for Lok Sabha Speaker’s post on Tuesday.

The Opposition will also be supporting Om Birla as the next Lok Sabha Speaker.

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has passed a resolution to support the NDA candidate Om Birla for his candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.

Ten parties, including National People’s Party, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, YSR Congress Party, JD(U), AIADMK, Apna Dal and BJD will be supporting Om Birla’s candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, BJP’s Om Birla defeated Congress’s Ramnarayan Meena with a huge margin of over 2.5 lakh votes in the Kota-Bundi Lok Sabha seat.

Once nominated, Birla will easily become the Speaker as the National Democratic Alliance has a clear majority in the Lok Sabha.

A notice has been given to the Lok Sabha Secretariat by the BJP proposing Birla for the post and bringing a motion for his election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the name of Birla for the post, party sources said.

The election for the post is scheduled for Wednesday.

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.

Usually, seniority is considered for Lok Sabha speaker’s post but there have been instances when first-time and second-time lawmakers were elected to the chair.

Manohar Joshi, who was elected as Lok Sabha speaker in 2002, was then a first-time MP.

He had succeeded GMC Balayogi, a second-time MP who died in a helicopter crash.

(With agency inputs)