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Om Birla likely to be new speaker

BJP mp Om Birla is set to be the next Speaker in the Lok Sabha, the opposition has accepted his candidature, sources said. The two-time mp from Rajasthan’s Kota is considered close to party chief and home minister Amit Shah.

Though there has been no formal announcement yet, the party’s choice was confirmed by Amita Birla, the wife of Om Birla.

“It is a very proud and a happy moment for us. We are very thankful to the cabinet for choosing him,” she was quoted

Mr Birla, however, was cautious. “I have no information, I had just went to meet the Working President as a ‘karyakarta’,” he told while leaving the house of JP Nadda, who was named the party’s Working President last night.

The 56-year-old has been associated with the BJP youth wing and has also been in charge of the organisational revamp in Rajasthan in 2018.

The 17th Lok Sabha was convened yesterday and while the lawmakers took oath, informal discussions started regarding the Speaker’s post.

Sumitra Mahajan, 76, who was the Speaker in the last Lok Sabha, came up against the BJP’s age bar this time and did not contest the election.


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