Om Birla unanimously elected as Speaker of Lok Sabha

Om Birla

Om Birla

Newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday said he will run the House in an impartial manner, while asserting that the chair should not be biased.

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

A similar motion was moved by Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, which was supported by Union minister Nitin Gadkari.

The Congress and other UPA allies have made a decision to support BJP candidate Om Birla for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Tuesday, but remained silent on the issue of Deputy Speaker.

"Personally, I remember working with Om Birla Ji for a long time".

The Congress and the DMK had moved notices for a similar motion. Even though heir notices had been issued after the midday deadline on Tuesday, as a "special case", pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar allowed the motions to be moved.

Birla's surprise nomination is seen by many in the BJP as a message from the top leadership that the party will promote leaders who keep a low-profile and work at the ground-level.

To be sure, Birla's election was a foregone conclusion given the NDA's commanding majority in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, where it has 353 members, 303 of them belonging to the BJP.

A conscientious parliamentarian, Birla has registered a 86 per cent average attendance in the House, has asked 671 questions, participated in 163 debates and introduced six private member's bills during the 16th Lok Sabha.

PM Narendra Modi proposed the name of Birla, who started his political career as a student leader nearly four decades ago.

A low-profile leader, Birla has been active in politics from his student days and served as state unit president of the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha in 1991 and as vice-president at the national level.

He has also been elected to Rajasthan assembly for three consecutive terms in 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Birla is also a member of the Standing Committee on Energy in Parliament, member of Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for ministry of social justice and empowerment.

After the BJD today passed a resolution to support Birla's candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, nine other parties including YSR Congress Party, AIADMK, National People's Party, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, JDU and APNA DAL also announced to support Birla's name.

Previously, Manohar Joshi of the Shiv Sena was appointed Speaker in his first term in the Lok Sabha in the year 2002.

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