Om Birla nominated for Lok Sabha speaker by NDA

After days of speculation, the NDA has decided to nominate Om Birla for the Lok Sabha Speaker’s post again. Om Birla, who held the position in the previous Lok Sabha, filed his nomination at 11:30 am today.

For the first time, the opposition INDIA bloc has fielded a candidate, K Suresh, against Birla. Traditionally, the Lok Sabha Speaker is elected by a simple majority of MPs voting, with all previous speakers being elected by consensus.

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The BJP, which had unchallenged majorities in the 2014 and 2019 elections, successfully nominated Sumitra Mahajan and Om Birla in the past. This time, the party has 240 seats, 32 short of a majority, and relies on allies like Nitish Kumar’s JDU and Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP to remain in power.

The Opposition had proposed supporting the NDA’s choice for Speaker in exchange for the Deputy Speaker’s post. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has made it clear that the Deputy Speaker should be from the Opposition. The Congress chief emphasized that while the Opposition seeks consensus, healthy traditions must be maintained.

Earlier today, Om Birla held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of day two in Parliament.

About Om Birla

Om Birla has been associated with the BJP since his days as a student leader. He is the MP from the Kota-Bundi constituency in Rajasthan and was recently reelected for a second term. Birla has also served three terms as a legislator in the Rajasthan Assembly.

In 2019, he was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha, the first MP from Rajasthan to hold the position. His selection was surprising to many, but he has been praised for his inclusive approach.