Congress, UPA allies to support Om Birla for Lok Sabha Speaker’s post, silent on appointment of Deputy Speaker

The Congress and other UPA allies have decided to support the BJP candidate Om Birla for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said

Press Trust of India June 18, 2019 21:11:45 IST
Congress, UPA allies to support Om Birla for Lok Sabha Speaker’s post, silent on appointment of Deputy Speaker
  • The Congress and other UPA allies have decided to support the BJP candidate Om Birla for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker

  • Party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury remained silent on the issue of Deputy Speaker

  • Leaders of Congress and other UPA allies said they would await the government's next move on the appointment of the deputy speaker

New Delhi: The Congress and other UPA allies have decided to support the BJP candidate Om Birla for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Tuesday but remained silent on the issue of Deputy Speaker.

Congress UPA allies to support Om Birla for Lok Sabha Speakers post silent on appointment of Deputy Speaker

Om Birla, NDA's nominee for Lok Sabha speaker's post, at his residence in New Delhi. PTI

Birla, a BJP MP from Kota-Bundi seat in Rajasthan, is all set to be elected unopposed on Wednesday when the motion seeking his election is moved in Lok Sabha.

Chowdhury said the Congress has already moved a motion supporting the ruling party candidate for the post of Speaker of Lok Sabha. The decision was taken a meeting of the UPA allies in Parliament this evening, where the leaders also discussed the opposition strategy during the Parliament session.

The Congress and other opposition parties, have however, not decided on the strategy for the post of deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha and are adopting a "wait and watch" policy.

Leaders of Congress and other UPA allies said they would await the government's next move on the appointment of the deputy speaker, a post that traditionally goes to the opposition.

So far, the government has not given any indication on the post and the opposition is waiting its move on the issue.

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