New Delhi: Two-time BJP MP Om Birla will be the NDA candidate for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, sources said. Birla, who won from the Kota-Bundi parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, will become the Speaker easily when nominated as the NDA has a clear majority in the House.
Union minister Prahlad Joshi said about the candidature of BJP’s Om Birla for Lok Sabha Speaker that the BJP had spoken to the Congress who did not sign the proposal but did not oppose the candidature either. Joshi met Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The prime minister, the defence minister, the home minister and the transport minister have proposed the name of Birla, Joshi informed. The BJD, Shiv Sena, NPP, MNF, Akali Dal, LJP, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK and Apna Dal have signed the proposal.
The NPP, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK, Apna Dal etc have extended their support to Om Birla.
BJP MP Om Birla is 57-years-old. He has been an MLA thrice and an MP twice from Rajasthan.
Birla filed his nomination paper this afternoon. According to news agency ANI, Om Birla got the support of the Biju Janata Dal.
When Birla was asked about his candidature, he said he had no information about this. “I went to meet the working president of the BJP as an ordinary party worker,” he said.
Birla’s wife Amita said, “It is time for us to take pride. We are grateful to the whole Cabinet for choosing him (Birla).”