A three-term lawmaker from Rajasthan and Kota Parliamentarian Om Birla is set to be appointed as the new Speaker of the Lower House or Lok Sabha, with the opposition have almost accepted his nomination, reports source.
Mr. Birla is considered to be close to Home Minister Amit Shah, defeated Congress’ Candidate Ramnarian Meena by 2.8 lakh votes in 2019 General Elections. The victory has extended his record of electoral success against Congress. He had never lost an election.
Om Birla was born on November 23, 1962 in Rajasthan’s Kota. He is a graduate from the Government Commerce College and Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati University, holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce. He has also listed in the official website as a “agriculturist” and “social worker” as his profession.
Mr. Birla has been active in politics right from his college days, was also a member of BJP’s youth wing – Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. The vetern party leader was also the Chief of state-unit for 6-years and served as a district-level leader for 4-years.
Om Birla has contested in 2003 for the first time, defeating Congress candidate Shanti Dhariwal to Kota South Assembly. He then defended his seat in two successive elections, defeated Congress candidates on both the occasions.
He has also served as the Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs for Rajasthan Government for 4-years between 2004 and 2008.
Over the course of political career, Om Birla has served on several Parliamentary Committees, including the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and the Standing Committee on Energy.
He got married to Dr. Amita Birla and father of two daughters.