NDA nominee Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected speaker of the Lok Sabha with prime minister Narendra Modi and the opposition assuring him of their whole-hearted support in the smooth conduct of proceedings in the House, reports The Economic Times.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, DMK’s TR Baalu and TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay were among those who backed Birla and urged him to be impartial as presiding officer of the lower house.
‘I on behalf of the government and the treasury benches assure you full support in conducting the House. I also assure you that your order will prevail and you must be tough even if anyone from our side (treasury benches) crosses the limit,’ Modi said, congratulating Birla.
The prime minister also heaped praise on the two-time BJP MP for his long public life, going back to his student days, and recalled his social work in Kota, Rajasthan, and in other parts of the country, including during the 2011 earthquake in Gujarat and the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand.
Chaudhary, while extending whole-hearted support to Birla, urged him to be impartial and give enough time to the opposition to raise issues of public interest.
He said the presiding officer is the custodian of the House, which according to Jawaharlal Nehru, represents the nation and freedom of the country.
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