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What Opposition MPs React to Om Birla's Re-Election as Lok Sabha Speaker

 

What Opposition MPs React to Om Birla's Re-Election as Lok Sabha Speaker

Om Birla's Re-Election for a Second Term

Kota BJP MP Om Birla was re-elected as the Speaker of the 18th Lok Sabha on Wednesday for the second consecutive term. The election witnessed a show of support from various opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who emphasized the importance of a robust opposition voice in the House.

Rahul Gandhi Stresses the Voice of the Opposition

Newly appointed leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, congratulated Birla and underscored the role of the opposition. Gandhi remarked, "This house represents the voice of India, and you as Speaker are the final arbiter of that voice. The government holds political power, but the opposition represents the voice of the people, and this time the opposition has significant numbers. We would like to help you, and it is important that cooperation happens based on trust. The question is not how well the House functions, but how much the voice of the people is heard in the House. Silencing the voice of the opposition is not democratic. This election has shown that the country wants the opposition to raise concerns. By allowing the voice of the people of India, you are defending the Constitution of India."

Akhilesh Yadav Calls for Non-Discriminatory Functioning

Akhilesh Yadav also extended his congratulations to Speaker Birla and stressed the importance of non-discriminatory functioning in the House. He stated, "On one hand, you have the experience of five years. On the other hand, you have the experience of both the new and old Houses. The post you are sitting on has a long tradition, and we hope it will function without discrimination, giving equal chance and respect, irrespective of party affiliations. We all expect that there won’t be any expulsions. We expect the House to work on your gestures and not vice versa."

What Opposition MPs React to Om Birla's Re-Election as Lok Sabha Speaker

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Sudip Bandyopadhyay's Appeal for Proper Discussions

All India Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay congratulated the Speaker but criticized the ruling government for passing bills without proper discussions. Bandyopadhyay stated, "The ruling party should accept that the House belongs to the opposition as well. More than 100 MPs were suspended from this House. The PM said many bills were passed under your leadership. We appreciate it, but it is also true that many bills were passed without any discussion. I would humbly request that bills are discussed in a proper manner. We, the opposition, will extend full support so that the House functions smoothly."

Speaker Om Birla's Gratitude and Vision

In response, Om Birla expressed his gratitude to all MPs and highlighted his commitment to serving the House. He said, "I extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for giving me the opportunity to again serve the House as the Speaker. I’m thankful to the PM and other parliamentarians who have shown their trust in me. I also extend my heartfelt thanks to the people of the country who have participated in the 18th Lok Sabha elections and voted in the largest festival of democracy in the world. I’m also thankful to the Election Commission of India, which has successfully completed a free and fair election and reached every corner of the country so that no voter was left without voting."

Birla added, "I believe that all the elected members will follow the principles of the House and will gain experience from their seniors too."

Conclusion

The re-election of Om Birla as the Speaker of the 18th Lok Sabha marks a significant moment in Indian parliamentary history. With the support and cooperation of both the ruling and opposition parties, Birla's leadership will play a crucial role in ensuring that the voice of the people is heard and respected in the House.

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