Om Birla (born 23 November 1962) 

Indian politician who is the 17th and current Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He serves a Member of Parliament[2] for the Kota-Bundi constituency in Rajasthan. Prior to parliament, he was elected thrice to the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from the Kota South constituency. On 19 June 2019, he was elected

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Indian politician who is the 17th and current Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He serves a Member of Parliament[2] for the Kota-Bundi constituency in Rajasthan. Prior to parliament, he was elected thrice to the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from the Kota South constituency. On 19 June 2019, he was elected Speaker. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janta Party.Om Birla was born on November 23, 1962, to Shrikrishna Birla and Late Shakuntala Devi in a Marwari Maheshwari family. He completed his Masters in Commerce from Govt. Commerce College, Kota and Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer.

Birla was imprisoned in Uttar Pradesh due to active participation in Ram Mandir construction movement.[citation needed]

Legislative AssemblyEdit

Om Birla won his first assembly elections contesting from Kota South in 2003. He defeated Shanti Dhariwal from Congress by a margin of 10,101 votes. In the next assembly elections, he defended his seat with a comfortable margin of 24,300 votes to his nearest candidate Ram Kishan Verma from Congress in 2008. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, he won his third assembly election against Pankaj Mehta (Congress) by close to 50,000 votes in 2013. During his tenure in 2003-08, he was the Parliamentary Secretary (MoS rank) in Rajasthan Government.

Member of ParliamentEdit

He was elected to the 16th & 17th Lok Sabhafrom the Kota constituency.

In the 16th Lok Sabha, he was a member of the Standing Committee on Energy and Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. He was elected Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha, following a motion for election moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Selection of the Kota-Bundi MP, Om Birla for the post of the Lok Sabha speaker surprised many including MPs from the treasury bench.

But what came as a real shocker is that the Lok Sabha secretariat - which is responsible for the maintenance of the Lok Sabha website - removed paragraphs mentioning Birla’s association with the BJP’s parent organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Ayodhya movement from his profile.

Whereas the previous version of Birla’s profile on the Lok Sabha website, clearly mentioned his association with the RSS, the edited version does not have any mention of it.

Not only this, while Birla’s profile (before editing) claimed that he was imprisoned during the Ram Temple movement, an entire paragraph has been removed from the new version.

Apart from a being an active parliamentarian[3] and working at constituency level, he has initiated several social welfare programs. Some of them include Paridhan, started in 2012 and involves distribution of clothes and books for the weaker section of society, blood donation camps.[4] He has also started a free meal program and a medicine bank to supply required medicines free of cost for poor.

District President, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, Kota.[5] (1987–91)State President, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, Rajasthan State. (1991-1997)National Vice President, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha. (1997-2003)Vice Chairman, National Co-operative Consumer Federation Limited.Chairman, CONFED, Jaipur. (June 1992 to June 1995)Lok Sabha Speaker, (19th June 2019

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