The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament, Om Birla, is likely to be nominated as National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the post of the next Lok Sabha speaker.
Two-time MP from Rajasthan’s Kota and a three-time MLA from the Kota South Assembly seat, Birla, has defeated Ramnarain Meena of the Congress by a margin of around 2.79 lakh votes in the 2019 general elections.
The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha began on Monday with pro tem Speaker Virendra Singh administering the oath to members. The session will continue on Tuesday.
During the session, the passage of the Union Budget and key legislations such as triple talaq will be on top of the agenda for the government.
HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES FROM DAY 2 OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE 17TH LOK SABHA
11:15 pm: Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav takes oath as a member of the Parliament
12:45 pm: Congress MP from Sivaganga, Karti Chidambaram takes oath as a member of Lok Sabha.
12:25 pm: Union Min Pralhad Joshi on Om Birla's candidature for LS Speaker: PM, Defence Min, Home Min, Transport Min were the proposers. BJD, Shiv Sena, National People's Party, Mizo National Front, Akali Dal, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK, & Apna Dal have signed the proposal
12:05 pm: YSR Congress Party and AIADMK to also support Om Birla's candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker
12:00 pm: 10 parties including National People's Party, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK, APNA DAL, & BJD to also support Om Birla's candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.
11:55 am: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has passed a resolution to support NDA candidate Om Birla for his candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker. Om Birla will file his nomination around 12 pm, today
11:50 am: Aam Aadmi Party MP from Punjab's Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann takes oath as member of the Lok Sabha, concludes with "Inquilab Zindabad"
11: 47 am: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Hema Malini arrives at the Parliament.
11:45 am: Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Punjab's Gurdaspur, Sunny Deol takes oath as member of the 17th Lok Sabha.
Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Punjab's Gurdaspur, Sunny Deol takes oath as member of the 17th Lok Sabha. pic.twitter.com/ut0EPMEiu2— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2019
11.40 am: BJP MP from Jaipur Rural, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore takes the oath of House
11.36 am: PM must preach his MPs before guiding Opposition: Congress
The Congress responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice to the Opposition, saying his words were most of the time not implemented by his own party leaders.
Stressing on the importance of an active opposition in democracy, Modi on Monday told them not to bother about their numbers and instead actively take part in the Lok Sabha's proceedings.
Before taking oath as a member on the first day of the 17th Lok Sabha, Modi said the role of an "opposition and an active opposition is important in a parliamentary democracy".
09:00 am: "It is a very proud and a happy moment for us. We are very thankful to the cabinet for choosing him," Amita Birla, wife of BJP MP Om Birla told ANI.
Amita Birla, wife of BJP MP Om Birla, who reportedly is the NDA candidate for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker: It is a very proud and a happy moment for us. We are very thankful to the cabinet for choosing him. (In pic 2&3 : BJP MP Om Birla) pic.twitter.com/lPYB2jQEQn— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2019
08:45 am: The election for the Speaker post is scheduled for Wednesday. The Opposition has not yet announced any candidate for the post while Tuesday is the last day to file nomination. If elected, he will succeed eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan as Lok Sabha speaker, who did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Tikamgarh MP Virendra Kumar was appointed as the protem Speaker of the Lok Sabha. On Monday, he administered the oath of office to over 300 MPs.
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 succeeded GMC Balayogi, a second-time MP who died in a helicopter crash.
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