BJP MP from Kota Om Birla was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha as the newly convened house elected its speaker on 19 June. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the lower house after the Speaker assumed the chair and congratulated him.
Whilst doing so, the Prime Minister observed, "In the past, we have seen the role of Speaker in the Lok Sabha to be more challenging, whereas, the role of the Rajya Sabha Chairman was comparatively relaxed. However, it has all become upside-down now. As the new Speaker, you have the right vested in you by the constitution to make certain decisions and the government, members of the Parliament and the Treasury will not interfere in your decision-making capacity."
PM Modi said, "It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla Ji on being unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Many MPs know Birla Ji well. He has served in the state of Rajasthan as well."
"On behalf of the government and the members of the Parliament, I assure you that you will have a hassle-free role of the Speaker and we will offer you our complete support. I urge the Speaker to always keep smiling, irrespective of whether it is to appreciate any issue or to deal with any issue. I assure you if we are wrong, then you have all the rights to tell us that. At all situations, we will support you and I thank you on behalf of the government and the members of the Parliament", he added.
Om Birla is a two-time Member of Parliament from Rajasthan's Kota-Bundi. All major political parties backed Birla's name for the position of Speaker after he was nominated by the NDA. 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.