Om Birla: News

Om Birla is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician from Rajasthan and is the 17th Speaker of the Lok Sabha. In his youth, he was active in student politics and became the President of the students’ union at Gumanpura’s Government Senior Secondary School. In 1987, Birla joined the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and, by 1997, became the National Vice-president of the organization. In 2003, he entered the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly as a BJP candidate from the Kota South constituency by defeating Shanti Dhariwal of the INC. Birla was elected for two more terms in 2008 and 2013. In 2014, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Kota constituency and won, becoming a first-time Member of Parliament. He was re-elected from Kota in the 2019 General Elections and succeeded Sumitra Mahajan as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Birla has served on the Standing Committee for Energy and has been a member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Explained: How's Lok Sabha Speaker elected; importance of post

The upcoming election of the Lok Sabha Speaker has sparked speculation, with the opposition's Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance suggesting that the crucial role should be assigned to partners of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)—namely, the Janata Dal (United) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

14 Jun 2024

KC Tyagi

JD(U), TDP to support BJP's Speaker nominee: KC  Tyagi 

Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi has declared that his party, along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), will back the candidate nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party for the Lok Sabha Speaker post.

Race for Speaker's post heats up in Modi 3.0 Cabinet

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently deliberating on the appointment of the Lok Sabha Speaker following portfolio allocations in the Modi 3.0 government.

08 Mar 2024

Rajasthan

Over 15 children electrocuted during Mahashivratri procession in Kota

Over 15 children aged between 10 and 16 suffered burn injuries from electric shock during a Mahashivratri procession in Kota, Rajasthan, on Friday.

19 Dec 2023

Parliament

In a first, over 140 opposition MPs suspended from Parliament

Forty-nine opposition MPs were reportedly suspended from the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, pushing the total Parliament Winter Session suspensions to 142.

18 Dec 2023

Parliament

After Parliament security breach, Centre seeks Joint Secretary (Security) nominations

The Centre has sought nominations for the Joint Secretary (Security) to the government, whose office is responsible for the Parliament security.

14 Dec 2023

Parliament

BJP MP meets LS speaker for issuing pass to intruder

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pratap Simha, under whose name a visitor pass was issued to one of the individuals who jumped into the Lok Sabha chambers, reportedly met House Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday.

BJP chooses Bhajanlal Sharma as Rajasthan CM over Vasundhara Raje

In a surprise move, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday named first-time MLA Bhajanlal Sharma as the new chief minister of Rajasthan after over a week of suspense.

I regret: DMK MP apologizes for 'Gaumutra' remark in Parliament

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP DNV Senthil Kumar on Wednesday withdrew his controversial statement calling Hindi heartland "Gaumutra (cow urine) states" in Parliament.

06 Dec 2023

Narendra Modi

BJP may choose new faces as CMs in 3 states

After its recent impressive electoral victories, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently in the hectic process of selecting candidates for chief minister positions in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh.

04 Dec 2023

Mahua Moitra

Parliament Winter Session: Ethics committee to submit report on Moitra

The Parliament Winter Session is set to begin on Monday and conclude on December 22.

03 Dec 2023

Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan: CM Gehlot resigns after BJP's win

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tendered his resignation on Sunday evening following the party's defeat to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

'Yogi of Rajasthan': Mahant Balaknath among BJP's top CM candidates

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s possible victory in the Rajasthan Assembly elections has led to speculation about potential chief minister candidates, with spiritual leader Mahant Balaknath's name emerging as a top contender.

26 Oct 2023

Mahua Moitra

Mahua Moitra summoned in cash-for-query case on Tuesday: Report

The Lok Sabha ethics committee has reportedly summoned Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra in the "cash for query" case on October 31.

22 Oct 2023

Trinamool Congress

TMC calls for investigation into 'cash-for-query' allegations against Mahua Moitra

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O'Brien on Friday called for a probe into the cash-for-query allegations against fellow party member Mahua Moitra by the "right forum of Parliament."

12 Oct 2023

Narendra Modi

Modi to inaugurate P20 Summit on Friday: Everything to know

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 9th edition of the G20 Parliamentary Speakers' Summit (P20) on Friday in New Delhi.

Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury alleges 'secular,' 'socialist' removed from Preamble

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed on Tuesday that the new copies of the Constitution given to MPs on the opening day of the new Parliament building did not have the words "secular" and "socialist" in the Preamble, ANI reported.

19 Sep 2023

Narendra Modi

Historic Lok Sabha session begins in new Parliament building

The proceedings of the Lok Sabha formally commenced in the new Parliament building on Tuesday.

18 Sep 2023

Narendra Modi

Parliament's special session: Leaving old Parliament emotional moment, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the Lok Sabha as the Parliament's special session commenced.

Lok Sabha panel to probe Adhir Chowdhury's 'misconduct' on Friday

The Lok Sabha's Privileges Committee is set to investigate the complaint of "misconduct" against suspended Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday, PTI reported.

07 Aug 2023

Union Cabinet

Why Editors Guild is opposing Data Protection Bill's certain provisions

The Editors Guild of India (EGI) has raised serious concerns regarding certain provisions of the Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Bill, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

04 Aug 2023

Rahul Gandhi

After SC order, will Rahul Gandhi rejoin Parliament this session?

In a big relief, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's conviction in the criminal defamation case over his "Modi surname" remark.

03 Aug 2023

Parliament

Opposition seeks earlier date for no-confidence debate

Opposition parties reportedly wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday, requesting an earlier date for the no-confidence debate so that they could participate in the discussions on bills.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla won't attend Parliament following disruption

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressed his displeasure with both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition camp over their repeated disruptions of parliamentary proceedings during the ongoing Monsoon Session, ANI reported.

24 Jul 2023

Amit Shah

Ready to discuss Manipur issue: Amit Shah amid opposition protest

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that the central government is ready for a discussion on Manipur violence and questioned why the opposition was not cooperating.

28 May 2023

Narendra Modi

'Rise of self-reliant India,' says PM Modi in new Parliament

The new Parliament will inspire India to be free from the mentality of slavery, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his first address in the new complex after its inauguration on Sunday.

13 Opposition parties to skip Lok Sabha speaker's 'tea meet'

Thirteen opposition parties, including the Congress, will skip the "Evening Tea" meeting hosted by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on the last day of the Budget session of the Parliament on Thursday, ANI reported.

06 Feb 2023

Parliament

Adani-Hindenburg row: Opposition stalls Parliament proceedings, seeks PM Modi's response

The fraud allegations made by Hindenburg Research against Adani Group have sparked a political row in the country, with the Opposition disrupting the Parliament for the third day on Monday.

25 Jul 2022

Lok Sabha

'Unruly behavior': 4 Congress MPs suspended for entire monsoon session

Amid a heated monsoon session, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday suspended four Congress MPs for "unruly behavior."

22 Dec 2021

Venkaiah Naidu

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned; early end for Winter Session

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die (indefinitely) on Wednesday a day ahead of schedule.

Parliament's Monsoon Session set to begin with COVID-19 protocols

The 19-day Monsoon Session of the Parliament is set to commence on July 19 and will conclude on August 13, with all the necessary COVID-19 protocols in place.

25 May 2021

Shashi Tharoor

MP seeks Tharoor's disqualification from Parliament over 'Indian variant' remarks

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nishikant Dubey has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, urging him to disqualify Congress party leader Shashi Tharoor from the Indian Parliament.

28 Jan 2021

Parliament

Parliament canteen's subsidy ends; non-veg buffet now costs Rs. 700

Ahead of the Budget Session, the Parliament has ended subsidies on the food in the canteen. Food in the Parliament canteen has been a contentious subject for many years as the menu offered meals at throwaway prices.

10 Dec 2020

Narendra Modi

PM will lay foundation stone of new Parliament building today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the new Parliament building today. Several ministers from his government, politicians from other parties, and ambassadors of different countries are expected to attend the event.

06 Dec 2020

Lok Sabha

All you need to know about the new Parliament building

The new Parliament building will be bigger than the existing complex, boasting bigger Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers, a grand Constitution Hall, paperless offices, etc.

05 Dec 2020

Narendra Modi

New Parliament building: Modi to lay foundation stone next week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the new Parliament building on December 10 (Thursday), Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said on Saturday.

19 Sep 2020

Venkaiah Naidu

As coronavirus cases rise, Monsoon Session could be cut short

The Monsoon Session, being held in the shadow of coronavirus, may be cut short as there's a palpable fear about a rise in infections.

29 Aug 2020

Tamil Nadu

Congress MP dies of coronavirus, spoke about it in Parliament

Congress MP H Vasanthakumar, who passed away due to coronavirus on Friday, had spoken about the seriousness of the disease in the Parliament but was shunned.

29 Aug 2020

India

MPs to be tested for coronavirus before Parliament's monsoon session

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday that all parliamentarians will be requested to get themselves tested for coronavirus, 72 hours before the monsoon session of Parliament begins.

03 Mar 2020

Narendra Modi

Government willing to discuss Delhi violence after Holi: Om Birla

Though tensions are simmering in the National Capital after last week's violence, the Centre is not ready to have an open discussion about it in the Parliament. This was made amply clear on Tuesday when Speaker Om Birla said the government will address the issues after Holi, March 10.

07 Feb 2020

Narendra Modi

Congress and BJP MPs almost come to blows in Parliament

The sanctity of the Lok Sabha was taken for a ride on Friday when parliamentarians of ruling BJP and opposition Congress almost came to blows and speaker Om Birla had to briefly adjourn the House.

27 Dec 2019

Rajasthan

Rajasthan: Probe launched after 10 infants die in Kota hospital

The Rajasthan government on Friday sent a team of officials to the JK Lon Hospital in Kota, Rajasthan, where 10 newborns died in a 28-hour period.

29 Jul 2019

Samajwadi Party

Azam Khan apologizes for sexist remarks, but Rama Devi unconvinced

On Monday, Samajwadi Party lawmaker Azam Khan apologized for his sexist comments, which he made against BJP MP Rama Devi last week in Lok Sabha.

27 Jul 2019

Samajwadi Party

Won't forgive Azam Khan even if he apologizes: Rama Devi

BJP MP Rama Devi, who was at the receiving end of the sexist remark by Samajwadi Party lawmaker Azam Khan earlier this week, said she won't be able to forgive Khan even if he apologizes.

26 Jul 2019

Samajwadi Party

'Aankhon me aankhein' remark: BJP-leaders seek punishment for Azam Khan

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan should be punished for his sexist remarks and an example should be set for all- this is what BJP leaders demanded in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

13 Jul 2019

Lok Sabha

Hema Malini sweeps streets, junta finds the photo-op unreal

Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini was caught in a photo-op on Saturday, one which she was clearly unprepared for.

19 Jun 2019

Narendra Modi

Who is Om Birla, the new speaker of Lok Sabha?

On Wednesday, BJP leader Om Birla was elected as the speaker of Lok Sabha. In the last tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the coveted post of the speaker was held by Sumitra Mahajan.