Om Birla, two-time BJP MP from Rajasthan, to be new Lok Sabha Speaker
Om Birla, a two-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament (MP) from Rajasthan, is set to be unanimously elected as the Lok Sabha Speaker on Wednesday, with the opposition Congress coming out in support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s candidate. On Tuesday, the NDA announced Birla’s candidature for the Speaker’s post. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), too, backed him for the post. The BJP also reached out to the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) seeking their support for Birla. 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 BJD, Shiv Sena, National People’s Party, Mizo National Front, Akali Dal, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, Janata Dal (United), AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and Apna Dal have signed the proposal," parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told the media.