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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Om Birla

Two-term BJP MP from Rajasthan Om Birla is the Speaker’s of the 17th Lok Sabha. Birla, 57, represents the Kota-Bundi constituency and was earlier elected to the Rajasthan assembly thrice before he contested the Lok Sabha polls. Birla cut his teeth as a politician in the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the BJP’s youth wing. Birla won his first election at age 17, when he became the president of student’s union at the Government Senior Secondary School, Gumanpura, Kota, in 1979. Later, he became the district president of the BJYM for four years, then its state president from 1991-97, and eventually the youth wing’s national vice president for six years.


Tharoor's conduct 'incorrigible', violated IT panel's 'confidentiality': BJP MP ups the ante in letter to Speaker

October 20, 2020 7:00 am

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey also took exception to Tharoor's referring to Republic TV as 'Repulsive TV'.

‘Didn’t let negativity in... Read up on earlier LS sessions, Speaker rulings’: Om Birla

October 04, 2020 9:14 am

Even as many raised apprehensions about attending the Parliament in the middle of a pandemic, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla urged all MPs to take Covid-19 tests and in the House often asked them to keep wearing masks.

Delhi Confidential: Hero of Zero Hour

September 24, 2020 2:33 am

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi took some time to praise Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday. While there was praise for his handling of Covid, Joshi also appreciated Birla giving new MPs a chance to speak in Parliament.

Message From The Chair: Venkaiah Naidu points to ruckus, Om Birla congratulates MPs

September 24, 2020 1:20 am

Naidu mentioned that for the “first time in this history” of Rajya Sabha, a motion for removal of Deputy Chairman was given, which he rejected on the grounds that it should have been a resolution and needed a 14-day notice.

PM Modi sets tone, Govt skirts China, economy on Day 1 of Parliament

September 15, 2020 8:46 am

In his customary remarks before the start of the session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in what was seen by the Opposition as a pre-emptive move, called on Parliament to send out a unanimous message that the entire country stands behind its Armed Forces.

Dy Speaker poll up to Lok Sabha, govt; no curb on discussion: OM Birla

September 11, 2020 7:34 am

Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhury had earlier written to Birla for early appointment of Deputy Speaker.

Adhir urges Speaker to rethink whether Parliamentary panels can take up sub-judice matters

September 01, 2020 1:44 am

He said the question of discussions influencing courts does not arise in the case of Standing Committees.

Speaker asks House panels not to discuss pending cases but record is otherwise

August 29, 2020 10:06 am

Veterans who have headed key panels point out that parliamentary committees are an extension of Parliament itself and the fundamental rule — Parliament is supreme — stands true for the committees as well.

Maintain secrecy, rules: Speaker to House panels

August 26, 2020 8:54 am

Om Birla's letter drawing the attention of Committee chairpersons to the rules comes a few days after BJP MP Nishikant Dubey wrote to him seeking the removal of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor as chairman of the Standing Committee on IT for allegedly “flouting”rules.

Delhi Confidential: Boosting Bonding

August 17, 2020 1:06 am

Earlier, every MP used to get a message from the Speaker on his or her birthday, but now Birla has asked the Lok Sabha channel to air a programme on their birthdays, including greetings and a short documentary on them.