Om Birla

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Om Birla
Om Birla Member of Parliament Rajasthan India.jpg
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) for Kota-Bundi
Assumed office
Preceded by Ijyaraj Singh
Personal details
Born Om Birla
(1962-12-04) 4 December 1962 (age 55)
Kota, Rajasthan, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Dr. Amita Birla
Residence Kota
Occupation Politician

Om Birla (born December 4, 1962) is an Indian politician from Bharatiya Janata Party and Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha[1] from the Kota-Bundi constituency of Rajasthan state. He was a three time Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Kota South.

Early life[edit]

Om Birla was born on December 4, 1962, to Shrikrishna Birla and Late Shakuntala Devi. He completed his Masters in Commerce from Govt. Commerce College, Kota and Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer.

Political career[edit]

He has been active in student politics. He was president of the student union in 1979. For 12 years since 1991, Mr. Birla was a key leader in Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha as president at state level first, followed by holding the position of vice-president at the national level.

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Om Birla won his first assembly elections contesting from Kota South in 2003. He defeated Shanti Dhariwal from Congress by a margin of 10,101 votes. In the next assembly elections, he defended his seat with a comfortable margin of 24,300 votes to his nearest candidate Ram Kishan Verma from Congress in 2008. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, he won his third assembly election against Pankaj Mehta (Congress) by close to 50,000 votes in 2013. During his tenure in 2003-08, he was the Parliamentary Secretary (MoS rank) in Rajasthan Government.

Member of Parliament[edit]

He contested the 16th Lok Sabha elections from Kota-Bundi constituency and secured a comfortable victory by a margin of 2,000,782 votes over his nearest rival Ijyaraj Singh from Congress in May 2014. BJP swept the general elections in Rajasthan winning all the 25 seats.

He is a member of the Standing Committee on Energy[2] in Parliament, member of Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Philanthropic Work[edit]

Apart from a being an active parliamentarian[3] and working at constituency level, he has initiated several social welfare programmes. Some of them include Paridhan, started in 2012 and involves distribution of clothes and books for the weaker section of society, blood donation camps.[4] He has also started a free meal programme and a medicine bank to supply required medicines free of cost for poor.

Personal life[edit]

He married Dr. Amita Birla in March 1991. They have two daughters, Akansha and Anjali. Akanksha is Chartered Accountant (C.A) and Anjali is pursuing political science honors from Ramjas College.

Posts held[edit]

  • District President, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, Kota.[5] (1987–91)
  • State President, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, Rajasthan State. (1991-1997)
  • National Vice President, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha. (1997-2003)
  • Vice Chairman, National Co-operative Consumer Federation Limited.
  • Chairman, CONFED, Jaipur. (June 1992 to June 1995)