BJP will be appointing two-time MP from Rajasthan’s Kota Om Birla as the Speaker of the House. He will be the Speaker for the 17th Lok Sabha that began its session on Monday.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, BJP’s Om Birla defeated Congress’s Ramnarayan Meena with a huge margin of over 2.5 lakh votes in the Kota-Bundi Lok Sabha seat.
Om Birla will be replacing previous Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who did not contest the Lok Sabha elections this year. The two-time lawmaker from Rajasthan’s Kota is considered close to party chief and home minister Amit Shah.
The 56-year-old has been associated with the BJP youth wing and has also been in charge of the organisational revamp in Rajasthan in 2018.
The 17th Lok Sabha was convened yesterday and while the lawmakers took oath, informal discussions started regarding the Speaker’s post.
Sumitra Mahajan, 76, who was the Speaker in the last Lok Sabha, came up against the BJP’s age bar this time and did not contest the election.