Om Birla to be NDA’s nominee for LS speaker’s post: sources

Om Birla is all set to get elected given the brute majority the NDA commands in the Lok Sabha. Photo: Twitter

Two-time BJP MP Om Birla is to be NDA’s nominee for Lok Sabha speaker’s post, sources said Tuesday.

Once nominated, Birla, who won from Kota-Bundi parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, will easily become the speaker as the National Democratic Alliance has a clear majority in the lower house.

The election for the post is scheduled for Wednesday.

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The Opposition has not yet announced any candidate for the post while Tuesday is the last day to file nomination.

Birla, 57, has been MLA from Rajasthan thrice and MP twice. If elected, he will succeed eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan as Lok Sabha speaker.

Usually, seniority is considered for Lok Sabha speaker’s post but there have been instances when first-time and second-time lawmakers were elected for the chair.

Manohar Joshi, who was elected as Lok Sabha speaker in 2002, was then a first-time MP. He had succeed GMC Balayogi, a second-time MP who died in a helicopter crash.

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