New Delhi, June 19 : Om Birla, Member of Parliament from Kota-Bundi constituency in Rajasthan, was on Wednesday elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha by a voice vote.
Birla, a two-time MP from Kota-Bundi seat in Rajasthan, is regarded as a close aide of Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
PM Modi said, ” 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. Many MPs know Birla Ji well. He has served in the state of Rajasthan as well.”
The election process was conducted by pro tem speaker Virendra Kumar.
Om Birla’s name was proposed by PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha and Birla’s candidature for the Speaker’s post was supported by all allies of the National Democratic Alliance. From the Opposition benches, the Congress as well as the YSR Congress Party, the Biju Janata Dal and other key parties also endorsed Birla’s name.
“Personally, I remember working with Om Birla Ji for a long time. He represents Kota,a place that is mini-India, land associated with education and learning. He has been in public life for yrs. He began as a student leader&has been serving society since then without a break,” Modi said.