On Monday, the maiden session of the 17th Lok Sabha began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ceremony was witnessed by BJP Chief Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi among the 320 of the 542 MPs along with PM Modi. During the first day of the two-day long swearing-in ceremony, they took an oath, which is marked by some controversy, slip-ups, and slogan shouting.
With the oath being taken in different languages, linguistic diversity was in full play. Also, many newly-elected members donned colorful attire, traditional headgears, and shawls; similarly, a section carried a saffron look.
Modi set the tone for the business in the House, addressing the media outside parliament before the commencement of Parliament session. He said that the opposition need not “bother about their numbers” as their every statement is “valuable” to the government.
He urged all the MPs to address issues related to the larger interest of the nation and to be impartial in the House.
“When we come to Parliament, we should forget paksh (treasury) and vipaksh (opposition). We should think about issues with a nishpaksh (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation.”
For greeting the prime minister, members from the ruling NDA thumped the desk with slogans such as “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Modi-Modi” when Modi’s name was called out by the Secretary-General for taking the oath.
Moreover, members from 23 states and union territories, the union ministers who were elected to the Lok Sabha, including Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, and Bihar took the oath. According to a Lok Sabha bulletin, 320 MPs took the oath, in all.
Another 222 members will take oath on Tuesday (today).
Among the three sessions of parliament, a full-fledged Union Budget will be presented on July 5 in the Monsoon session. And the session concludes on July 26.
At present, the Lok Sabha has 542 elected members.
Moreover, the Election Commission canceled the Elections of Vellore seat in Tamil Nadu as they found that excessive money power was being used to lure voters in that constituency. Hence, a fresh date is yet to be declared.
Modi stated that he hoped for a fruitful budget session during which the government will present the Union budget and propose various key bills while speaking before the start of the Budget Session. BJP’s Virendra Kumar was sworn-in as the Pro-tem speaker before the session’s commencement and will lead the elections for the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
According to some officials, Om Birla, two-time MP from Rajasthan’s Kota will be the Speaker for the 17th Lok Sabha. By swearing in as speaker, Mr. Om Birla will be replacing Sumitra Mahajan, previous Lok Sabha Speaker who did not contest the Lok Sabha elections this year. As the National Democratic Alliance has a clear majority in the House, Birla, who won from Kota-Bundi parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, will easily become the speaker.
However, the election for the post may be held on Wednesday, if necessary. And, Virendra Kumar’s role will cease to exist, once the new Speaker is appointed.
After the ceremony, PM Modi took to his official Twitter handle and shared the clip of him taking the oath with the caption,
“Took oath as a Member of Parliament.
It is an honour to serve in Parliament and I look forward to healthy deliberations with fellow MPs.”
Took oath as a Member of Parliament.
It is an honour to serve in Parliament and I look forward to healthy deliberations with fellow MPs. pic.twitter.com/oCXqLk3Qkm
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 17, 2019