The YSR Congress Party, led by former Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is set to support Kota MP Om Birla in the Lok Sabha speaker post election taking place on June 26. The Lok Sabha will witness a rare election for the Speaker’s post – the first since 1976 – as Congress member Kodikunnil Suresh has been made the opposition candidate against NDA nominee Om Birla.

With the YSRCP support, Om Birla now has the support of 4 more Lok Sabha members, reports NDTV. 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh failed to give an assurance on the opposition party’s claim to the Deputy Speaker’s post.

While elections to the Speaker’s post were common before Independence, the position of the presiding officer of the Lok Sabha has witnessed contests only thrice in Independent India – in 1952, 1967 and 1976.

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Published: 25 Jun 2024, 08:59 PM IST