DMK, AIADMK support BJP’s decision

Two-time Lok Sabha member, Om Birla, who started his career in public life at the age of 17, was today unanimously elected as the Speaker of Lok Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved the motion “that Shri Om Birla, a member of this House, be chosen as the Speaker of this House.”

Birla’s candidature was backed by all NDA allies including the AIADMK as also by the YSR Congress Party, the Biju Janata Dal and key opposition parties, including the Congress and DMK.

As a prominent Vaishya face in the BJP’s State unit, Birla has a background of managing cooperative societies in Rajasthan and Gujarat. This may have worked as a factor for his selection.

He had been the chairperson of the Rajasthan Rajya Sahakari Upbhokta Sangh from 1992 to 1995 and vice-president of the National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India in New Delhi.

It is believed that Birla was hand-picked by Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for the top post. Birla will succeed Sumitra Mahajan who chose not to contest Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

Birla is a known political leader from Rajasthan and is presently representing the Kota parliamentary constituency for consecutive terms since 2014 general elections.

“It’s a pleasant surprise for me as well. Even I had no information earlier. I am thankful to the NDA and BJP leadership for choosing me for this coveted post,” said an elated Birla after his candidature as Speaker was announced.

Those familiar with the soft-spoken Speaker candidate will vouch for the organisational capabilities of the two-time MP from Kota.