Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh among members who administered oath on 2nd day

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New Delhi: UPA Chairperson and MP from Raebareli Sonia Gandhi takes oath as a member on the second day of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (LSTV Grab/PTI)

New Delhi: UPA Chairperson and MP from Raebareli Sonia Gandhi takes oath as a member on the second day of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (LSTV Grab/PTI)

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav were among leaders who took oath as members of 17th Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Gandhi, who retained the Rae Bareli constituency, took her oath in Hindi on the second day of the maiden session of the new Lok Sabha.

Immediately after her, BJP MP and former union minister Maneka Gandhi was administered the oath.

Accompanied by his son and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, an ailing Mulayam Singh Yadav, 79, was brought to the House in a wheelchair and was allowed to take oath on priority from his seat due to health considerations.

Akhilesh, who has been elected from Azamgarh, also took the oath.

There was loud applause when BJP MP Om Birla, who is the NDA’s nominee for Lok Sabha Speaker’s post, entered the House and later when he got up to take the oath.

Dressed in jeans, white shirt and blazer, actor Sunny Deol, who is a first-time MP, took oath in English amid cheers.

Two members had to read the oath twice.

Bhagirath Choudhary, BJP MP from Ajmer, first started reading the oath in Sanskrit. However, the Lok Sabha Secretary-General said he had given Hindi as his preferred language, so he should take his oath again.

In the second instance, Jagdambika Pal from Domariyaganj in Uttar Pradesh skipped a few words in the initial read.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, AIUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal and former Union ministers Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Preneet Kaur and Shashi Tharoor, and actor Kirron Kher were also administered the oath.

Tharoor was absent on Monday when other members from Kerala, including Rahul Gandhi, took the oath.

Former Union minister P Chidambaram was sitting in the Speaker’s Gallery as his son Karti Chidambaram took the oath.

Newly elected MPs from Tamil Nadu, including T R Balu, A Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayanidhi Maran and Karti Chidamabaram, took oath in Tamil.

When a DMK member hailed Periyar, Kaliangar, Gandhi and Ambedkar, the Chair said only the prescribed format should be taken on record.

The other MPs who took oath include Ajay Tamta, Kirron Kher, Azam Khan, Satyapal Singh, former minister Mahesh Sharma, Hema Malini, and Swami Sakshi Ji Maharaj.

The maiden session of 17th Lok Sabha commenced on Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari among the prominent members who took oath on the first day.

Members who missed out on these two days will take the oath on Wednesday.

(PTI)