BJP names Om Birla as NDA candidate for LS Speaker, says Cong won’t oppose

Om Birla, a two-time BJP lawmaker from Kota, may be the next Lok Sabha Speaker. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday named the 56-year-old parliamentarian as the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate and expressed optimism that he would be Lok Sabha’s unanimous choice.

“We have talked to the Congress. They haven’t signed the proposal yet but they won’t oppose it,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said after four top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the proposal to nominate Om Birla.

Joshi said leaders of 10 other parties including the Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP and Naveen Patnaik’s BJD had supported Om Birla’s name for the Speaker’s post.

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