New Delhi, June 19 : Congratulating Om Birla on being elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it was a moment of pride to see him on the Chair of the august House.
Speaking after the unanimous election of Birla as Speaker, the Prime Minister said, "It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla Ji on being unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Many MPs know Birla Ji well. He has served in the state of Rajasthan as well. This is a moment of pride to see you (Om Birla) on the speaker’s chair.’’
Noting that Om Birla’s life has been devoted to social service, the Prime Minister said, "I cannot forget how he stayed in Kutch for months when that part of Gujarat was affected by a devastating quake."
On his association with Birla, the Prime Minister said, "Personally, I remember working with Om Birla Ji for a long time. He represents Kota, a place that is mini-India, land associated with education and learning. He has been in public life for years. He began as a student leader and has been serving society since then without a break.’’
Speaking on the occasion, Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chaudhry wished a great future for him and a satisfactory stint as presiding officer of the House.
Chowdhury said as Birla has an experience of an agriculturist, he would do well to make use of his office and take necessary steps at a time when the country is facing the agrarian crisis.Om Birla was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha with his name being proposed by Prime Minister Modi and others. (UNI)