Parliament proceedings | Ministers, MPs take oath on Day 1

Pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar checks official records of Pragya Thakur to verify her full name.   | Photo Credit: Courtesy: LSTV

Leader of the House and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah were among those who took oath as Members of the 17th Lok Sabha that commenced here on Monday, June 17, 2019.

As soon as the House met, the Members stood in silence  for a few minutes as per the convention after the assembling 
of the new House.

Here are the updates:

Lok Sabha | 5.55 pm

Now members from Odisha take oath. Jual Oram is the first member. He takes oath in Odiya.

Chandrani Murmu, the youngest MP in the House, takes oath amidst loud thumping of the desks. More members take oath.

The House decides to extend the timing till members from Odisha take oath.

Oath is being administered State-wise. This means the process will continue tomorrow.

Basantkumar Panda takes oath in the name of "Lord Ram". Every MP from Odisha has taken oath in Odiya so far.

Saptagiri Ulaka, Congress MP from Koraput, takes oath in English. With that, the House stands adjourned till tomorrow.

Lok Sabha | 5.45 pm

More members from Maharashtra take oath. In all 48 members took oath from the State.

Whille Manipur MP Rajkumar Ranjan Singh takes oath in Manipuri, Lorho S. Pfoze takes oath in English.

Vincent Pala and Agatha Sangma of Meghalaya take oath in English and Hindi respectively.

Lalrosanga from Mizoram takes oath in English. Tokheho Yepthomi from Nagaland also takes oath in English.

Lok Sabha | 5.00 pm

Members elected from Maharashtra take oath. Many prefer Marathi as their language of choice.

Navneet Ravi Rana, an independent candidate, takes oath. Earlier, speaking to ANI, Ms. Rana a first time parliamentarian expressed her displeasure of using 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan to taunt some MPs.

Bhartruhari Mahtab is in the Chair.

As some members object to slogan chanting by members who take oath, the Chair rules anything other than the oath/affirmation will not make it to the records. This, however, doesn't deter members from raising slogans.

Lok Sabha | 4.25 pm

Members from Madhya Pradesh are taking oath. All of them are taking oath in Hindi.

Pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar is in the Chair.

Janardhan Mishra starts to take oath in Bagheli. The Chair reminds him there is no translator available for the language he is speaking. He then takes oath in Hindi.

Nakul Kamath, son of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, takes oath in Hindi.

Pragya Singh Thakur takes oath in Sanskrit.  She takes oath in the name of a "Swamiji", while opposition members object to it. The Chair says she can take oath in the name of God or the Constitution. She claims it is her "full name". The Chair checks her name in the records. He assures only her name mentioned in the records will go in the Lok Sabha records.

Shankar Lalwani takes oath in Sindhi.

Lok Sabha | 3.50 pm

It's the turn of MPs from Kerala to take oath. Ramesh Unnithan takes oath in the name of God in Malayalam.

K. Sudhakaran takes oath in English. Out of 20 seats, Congress bagged 15, its allies IUML won two, while Kerala Congress (M) and Revolutionary Socialist Party won one seat each.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi takes oath in English as an MP. He was elected from Wayanad in Kerala.

A.M. Ariff, the lone CPI(M) member from Kerala takes oath.

Lok Sabha | 3.20 pm

Members from Jharkhand take oath. Nishikant Dubey takes oath in Sanskrit.

Brijbhushan Sharan Singh is in the Chair.

Members from Karnataka take oath. Annasaheb Shankar takes oath in Kannada. Many members from the State, in fact, have opted to take oath in Kannada.

Ananthkumar Hegde is an exception — he takes oath in Sanskrit.

Sumalatha Ambareesh, the lone independent member elected from Karnataka takes oath in Kannada.

Lok Sabha | 3.10 pm

Now, members from Jammu and Kashmir take oath.

Mohammad Akbar Lone and Farooq Abdullah of National Conference take oath in Kashmiri. "Thank God, I am able to serve this House," Dr. Abdullah adds in English.

Jugal Kishore takes oath in Dogri.

Jamyang Tsering Namgyal takes oath in English.

Lok Sabha | 3.00 pm

Members from Haryana now take oath. Nayab Singh Saini is the first member from the State to take oath.

Sunita Duggal not just takes oath in Sanskrit but uses the opportunity to chant a mantra.

Members from Himachal Pradesh take oath. Kishan Kapoor, Ram Swaroop Sharma, and Suresh Kumar Kashyap take oath in Hindi.

Lok Sabha | 2.30 pm

Fransisco Sardinha, who was elected from North Goa takes oath in English. The Lok Sabha Secretary General has some difficulty in pronouncing his name. Mr. Sardinha smiles.

It's the turn of members from Gujarat. It is one of the many States that BJP swept. All the 26 seats were bagged by the ruling party.

Shardaben Patel and Dipsinh Rathod take oath in Gujarati.

A sizable number of members have taken oath in Sanskrit this time. Almost all of them belonged to the BJP.

Lok Sabha | 2.25 pm

Members from the Nation Capital Territory of Delhi take oath. Manoj Tiwari is the first MP from the Capital to take oath.

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir takes oath in English. Meenakshi Lekhi takes oath in Sanskrit.

Hans Raj Hans takes oath. He leaves out his name while taking oath. Fellow members remind him. He takes oath once again.

A confident Parvesh Sahib Singh takes oath without prompting.

Lok Sabha | 2.00 pm

Lok Sabha reassembles. Kodikunnil Suresh is in the Chair. Oath taking continues. Members representing Bihar are taking oath.

Mahabali Singh (JD-U) takes oath. A member takes oath makes an affirmation and signs the record and takes his/her seat in the House.

Members from Chhattisgarh take oath. The State is represented by 9 BJP members and two Congress members.

Mohan Sanjibhai Delkar of Dadra and Nagar Haveli takes oath. Lalubhai Patel takes oath as MP of Daman and Diu. While the former is from Congress, the latter is from BJP.

Lok Sabha | 1.40 pm

Who can be the Leader of Opposition

As MPs take oath, the larger question that looms is who will be the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha? For a legislature party to be recognised as the principal opposition party, it needs to have at least 55 members in the House.

This time too, no opposition party has the magic number. Congress has 52 members, three short to stake claim for the post. However, the 55 members has no binding. The Speaker's discretion matters when it comes to selection of the Leader of Opposition.

The Congress has already announced Sonia Gandhi will be the leader of it's parliamentary party. Will she get a chance to be the LoP? One must wait and watch.

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Lok Sabha | 1 pm

Janardhan Singh Sigriwal of the BJP takes oath, follwed by Rajiv Pratap Rudy from the same party.

Ramchandra Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party takes oath next. Pashupati Kumar Paras follows him. Mehboob Ali Kaiser takes his oath in English. The LJP has six seats in the Lok Sabha.

Giridhari Yadav of the JD(U) follows suit, followed by Munger MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh. House is adjourned till 2 p.m.

Lok Sabha | 12.40 pm

Baidyanath Prasad Mahato of JD(U) takes oath in Hindi. Now, members from Bihar take oath.

Bihar sends 40 MPs to the Lok Sabha. This time the State overwhelmingly voted for the NDA. The BJP won 17 seats, while the JD(U) got 16. The Lok Jan Shakti Party won six seats.

Dr. Mohammad Jawed, the lone Congress MP from the State takes oath in English.

Gopal Jee Thakur takes oath in Maithili.

Lok Sabha | 12.20 pm

Arunachal Pradesh member Tapir Gao takes oath. He is one of the two BJP members elected from the State. The other member, Kiren Rijiju, already took oath along with ministers.

Kripanath Mallah takes oath in Assamese. Dr. Rajdeep Roy takes oath in Bengali. Horen Singh Bey takes oath in English. Of the 14 seats from Assam, BJP won nine, Congress three, AIDUF one and one Independent was also elected.

Abdul Khalekh of Congress takes oath in the name of Allah.

Naba Kumar Sarania from Kokrajhar takes oath in Assamese. This is the second term for Mr. Sarania. A former millitant attached to ULFA, Mr. Sarania contested as an Independent with the support of Sanimiita Janagosthiya Aikyamancha (SJA), a conglomerate of 23 non-Bodo organisations.

Lok Sabha | 12.05 pm

Kuldeep Rai Sharma, the Congress member from Andaman and Nicobar Islands takes oath in English.

Members from Andhra Pradesh take oath. Goddeti Madhavi takes oath in Telugu.

Rammohan Naidu, TDP member, takes oath in Hindi. Sathyanarayana takes oath in Telugu. Out of 25 seats from Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress won 22 seats and the remaining were bagged by TDP. Andhra Pradesh is one of the big States that didn't elect anyone from the national parties.

Chinta Anuradha takes oath in Hindi. She represents Amalapuram in the House.

Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishna Raju and Jayadev Galla take oath in English.

Lok Sabha | 11.40 am

Anurag Thakur takes oath in Hindi. He is a junior minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

Suresh Angadi takes oath in English.

Som Parkash takes oath in Punjabi. Footage from Lok Sabha TV shows Mr. Parkash signing using his left hand.

Rameshwar Teli takes oath in Assamese.  Debashree Chowdhury is the last minister to take oath.

Lok Sabha | 11.20 am

Rao Inderjit Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Giriraj Singh are the next set of ministers to take oath.

Shripad Yesso Naik, the Goa MP, takes oath in Konkani.

Dr. Jithendra Singh takes oath in Dogri.

Kishen Reddy takes oath in Telugu. Lok Sabha allows members to take oath in any of the 22 official languages listed in the Constitution. The Lok Sabha Secretariat also employs translators to provide translation services.

Babul Supriyo takes oath in English. As he walks to the podium, members chant "Jai Shri Ram!"

Lok Sabha | 11.20 am

Union Minister Arjun Munda takes oath as member of parliament in Lok Sabha. He takes oath in Hindi.

Smriti Irani, is the second woman and first BJP woman MP to take oath. She swears in the name of God.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan takes oath in Sanskrit. Prime Minister Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh smile as they hear a member speaking in Sanskrit.

Pralhad Joshi takes oath in Kannada. He represents Dharwad in the lower House.

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Skill Development, takes oath in Hindi.

Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena minister, takes oath in the name of God in Marathi.

Giriraj Singh, Gajendra Singh Shekawat, and Santosh Kumar Gangwar are the next ministers to take oath.

Lok Sabha | 11 am

House is in session. The national anthem is played. Pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar is in the Chair.

The House maintains a moment of silence on the solemn occasion of the beginning of the 17th Lok Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rises to be sworn in. Kodikunnil Suresh of the Congress is sworn in next. He is followed by Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD, who takes his oath in Odia. Brij Bhushan Charan Singh of the BJP takes oath next.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is next, followed by Home Minister Amit Shah. Mr. Shah is a first-time Member.

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is sworn in now. This is his second term. D.V. Sadananda Gowda takes his oath in Kannada.

BJP Member from Morena and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is up next. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad takes oath.

Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is next to be sworn in. She takes her oath in Punjabi. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank takes oath next.

10.45 am

Pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar sworn in

President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday inducted seven-term member of Parliament Virendra Kumar as the pro-tem Speaker of Lok Sabha.

Mr. Kumar will oversee the oath-taking of newly elected LS members on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, as soon as a new Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is elected, his role will cease to exist.

Mr. Kumar, 65, won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh on a BJP ticket. He was a Minister of State in the previous Modi government.

As pro-tem Speaker, Mr. Kumar will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath to the newly elected MPs. He will also oversee the election of the Lok Sabha Speaker. - PTI

10.30 am

Open to all ideas if it benefits people, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the press outside Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the press outside Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday, June 17, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that rather than argue about who the leader and Opposition are, Parliament should focus on governing and making these five years productive.

Speaking outside Parliament House, the Prime Minister said: “We have a larger number in the Lok Sabha this time. In Parliament, a lot of people come up with very good ideas. These ideas may not be conducive for ratings. But if someone comes up with a good idea, we will always accept it. Even ideas from the Opposition would be welcome if they are beneficial to the people.

“The people have given their verdict, but regardless of the number or who the Opposition is, we should work together without partisan politics.

“I ask Parliament to work together for the betterment of the people.”

10 am

War for the rooms in Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha landscape is going for a makeover with many losing the coveted rooms and many others for the first time managing to get space to put up their nameplates.

A party’s strength in both Houses dictates who gets prime real estate in the building which usually is the ground floor. Those with poor presence are pushed up to the dank third floor. The proximity to the ruling dispensation equally is a deciding factor.

The Telugu Desam Party, which is now down to three MPs from the earlier 16, could lose the capacious ground floor office they have been occupying since 1999 which was allotted to them by then Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi. “There is no official notification but last week Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi took a tour of the office. Since then we are seeing a steady stream of various BJP functionaries,” a TDP leader said.

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