Om Birla, Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament from Kota, has been selected as the NDA candidate for the post of Speaker in the 17th Lok Sabha. Birla is expected to file his nominations at near noon today, June 18.
The BJP leader is a two-time MP from Kota, he has also been the Member of Legislative Assembly from Kota South on three occasions.
The 57-year-old defeated Ramnarain Meena of the Congress party by a whopping margin of nearly 2.79 lakh votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Om Birla was born on November 23, 1962, to Shrikrishna Birla and Late Shakuntala Devi. He completed his Masters in Commerce from Govt. Commerce College, Kota and Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer.
Active in politics since college days, Om became president of the student union in 1979. Birla played an instrumental role in Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha as president at the state level first and later as vice-president at the national level.
He won his first assembly elections contesting from Kota South in 2003. He defeated Shanti Dhariwal from Congress by a margin of just over 10,000 votes. In the next assembly elections, he retained his seat with a greater margin of over 24,000 votes to Ram Kishan Verma of the Congress party.
Om Birla and Dr Amita married in March 1991. They have two daughters.
Amita Birla told ANI that it was a very proud moment for the family. “It is a very proud and a happy moment for us. We are very thankful to the cabinet for choosing him,” she said.
The Speaker is the conventional head of the Lok. It is the Speaker who decides when a member speaks, how much time they get, what gets included in the official account and whether, in cases of a member causing a disturbance, they remain in the House or is expelled from it.