BJP’s senior lawmaker Om Birla was unanimously elected as the new Lok Sabha Speaker today after opposition parties supported his candidature.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who moved the motion for his election, personally led him to the Speaker’s chair after the formalities were over.
“Public service has been the focal point of the politics of Om Birla. He is a compassionate leader who will preside over the sittings of the House. 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,” the Prime Minister said commenting on the newly elected Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
He takes over from Sumitra Mahajan, who was the Speaker in the previous Lok Sabha term. Due to age restriction bar the BJP did not give her a ticket to stand for elections once again.
Birla is a three-time lawmaker from Rajasthan’s Kota, is considered close to party chief and home minister Amit Shah. The 56-year-old had been active in politics from his student days and was the president of the BJP’s state unit for six years.