A notice was given to the Lok Sabha Secretariat by the BJP, proposing the name of Birla, a two-time MP from Kota-Bundi seat in Rajasthan, for the Speaker's post and bringing a motion for his election, which will be held on Wednesday.
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley congratulates Om Birla.
Congratulations to Shri Om Birla ji on being elected as Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha. Lok Sabha will be benefitted by the experience of Shri Birla ji. My best wishes to Shri #OmBirla ji for this proud assignment. @ombirlakota— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) June 19, 2019
'Avoid Ordinance route, empower standing committees,' Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury lays out expectations from Om Birla | While adressing the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that during the previous Lok Sabha, many bills were not scrutinised by standing committees and instead, ordinances were passed which undermined the Lok Sabha. Chowdhury expects that this time the same route will not be followed and parliamentary democracy will be respected.
PM Modi congratulates Om Birla while speaking at the 17th Lok Sabha.
#LIVE – Today a small city in Rajasthan (Kota) has become an epitome of knowledge, this has happened because of Om Birla’s (@ombirlakota) initiative: Prime Minister @narendramodi addresses the Parliament. | #ModiRajya pic.twitter.com/gHAAoNCJH0— News18 (@CNNnews18) June 19, 2019
After slogans of "Jai shri ram" and "Allahu Akbar" were heard in the parliament on Tuesday, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said, "When the mullah finds Ram inside a mosque and the priest finds Rehman inside a temple, the face of this world will change and a human will recognise another human."
PM Modi Calls it a Proud Moment as Om Birla Gets Unanimously Elected as Speaker | "It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla Ji on being unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Many MPs know Birla Ji well. He has served in the state of Rajasthan as well," says PM Modi
Secondly, Birla is also said to be close to the 'working president' JP Nadda. When Nadda was the chief of BJP's youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in early 90s, Birla is said to have been his colleague as an office bearer in the national unit and later led the state unit of BJYM himself. He is also known for his strong 'booth management' skills, giving his colleagues lessons on how to maintain grip over their constituencies starting from booth level. Finally, Birla, who started his career in active politics in 2003 by defeating Congress' Shanti Dhariwal in the Kota South Assembly seat has, in his 15 years of public life, maintained a clean image.
More about the new Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla | People in Rajasthan give several reasons to explain BJP's choice for the speaker. First, it is claimed that Birla, whose family has traditionally been involved in managing cooperative societies, shares over two decades of close working relationship with both BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi before they came to power in Gujarat.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Named Leader of Congress in Parliament | The Congress on Tuesday reportedly named five-time MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as its leader in the Lok Sabha. The decision came as party chief Rahul Gandhi is said to have remained reluctant to take up the post. According to reports, the decision was taken during a strategy meeting of the party's brass that was chaired by Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi. The meeting was also said to have been attended by Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
Amid Erratic Sloganeering, MPs Take Oath on Day 2 | It was a day of sloganeering and heated exchanges in the Lok Sabha as several newly elected members took oath amid an intense slogan-shouting contest between treasury and opposition benches. While ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ were heard intermittently during the day, ‘mandir wahin banayenge’, a reference to the demand of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, were raised after Unnao BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj’s swearing-in. Maharaj took oath in Sanskrit and concluded with ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogans.
Om Birla to be Appointed as Speaker Today | Kota MP Om Birla's name as the 17th Lok Sabha speaker came as a surprise in the Parliament's ongoing budget session. The decision to appoint the two-time MP is another in a string of high-stakes political appointments about which not many in the party can claim to have prior knowledge. Maintaining absolute secrecy on important political appointments till the last minute continues to define the BJP's top leadership.
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.
meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind will address a joint session of the two Houses of Parliament today.
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