Om Birla, a BJP MP from the Kota-Bundi parliamentary constituency has been unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha in the Parliament on June 19.
Birla's name was proposed by PM Narendra Modi himself for the post, the Rajasthan BJP leader is considered to be close to both PM Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah.
Along with the NDA leaders, even the Congress party and Chandrababu Naidu's TDP gave their backing over his election.
Starting his political journey as a student leader, the 57-year-old leader has also been elected to Rajasthan assembly for three consecutive terms in 2003, 2008 and 2013.
Om Birla had won his first Lok Sabha election in 2014 and was again elected this year from Rajasthan's Kota-Bundi seat. He defeated Congress's Ramnarayan Meena with a margin of over 2.5 lakh votes in the Kota-Bundi Lok Sabha seat in the recently concluded general elections.
A conscientious parliamentarian, Om Birla has registered a 86% average attendance in the House, has asked 671 questions, participated in 163 debates and introduced six private member's bills during the 16th Lok Sabha.
For 12 years since 1991, Om Birla was a key leader in Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha as president at state level first and then the vice-president at the national level. Om Birla is a member of the Standing Committee on Energy in Parliament, member of Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Birla will succeed eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan as the Speaker, a post traditionally held by senior MPs.
On Tuesday, after Om Birla was chosen as the NDA candidate for the post of Lok Sabha speaker with the support of PM Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari met former speaker Mahajan. After the meeting, Mahajan said that he is an old friend and that she has faith that he will handle his responsibilities at Lok Sabha very well.
The former speaker of Lok Sabha also added: "Shri Om Birla ji has been nominated for the post of Lok Sabha speaker. I am hoping that he will get the support of everybody. I believe that under your leadership there will be positive discussions in the lower house. Congratulations and best wishes."
(With PTI inputs)