Om Birla elected Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha by voice vote

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New Delhi: Om Birla, BJP MP from Kota, Rajasthan, supported by ten political parties including Biju Janata Dal (BJD), was elected Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Birla’s name was proposed for the post by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He was elected Speaker of the Lok Sabha by a voice vote. The election was conducted by protem Speaker Virendra Kumar. Birla’s name for the Speaker’s post was announced yesterday.

Birla’s candidature was endorsed by the Congress as well as the YSR Congress Party, the Biju Janata Dal and other key parties from the opposition.

Reports said the 57-year-old Rajasthan MP is regarded as a close aide of Prime Minister and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi informed reporters that the BJD, YSRCP, JD(U), Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, National People’s Party, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, AIADMK and Apna Dal have given notices backing Birla’s candidature.

Birla will be the successor to Sumitra Mahajan.

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