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Gods invoked in Lok Sabha Religious sloganeering mars swearing-in ceremony in Lok Sabha

June 19, 2019 06:14 AM


Gods invoked in Lok Sabha
Religious sloganeering mars swearing-in ceremony in Lok Sabha
Jai Shri Ram, Jai Hind, Bharat Mata ki Jai, Allahu Akbar were among phrases chanted by members

The oath-taking in the 17th Lok Sabha on Tuesday was marked by raising of slogans such as Jai Shri Ram, Jai Maa Durga and Allahu Akbar by members with some even engaging in raillery and heated exchanges. The sloganeering went unabated ignoring the Chair’s direction to desist from it.

Some of the members especially from West Bengal began their oath with sloganeering despite the presiding officer ruling that that no slogans will go on record.

When the members from the West Bengal, especially from TMC, took oath, those from the treasury benches teased them with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan. TMC members countered with slogans like Jai Hind, Jai Bengal, Jai Maa Durga and Jai Mamata.

Kalyan Banerjee of TMC recited ‘Durga Path’ after concluding his oath while his party colleague Abu Taher Khan began his oath with ‘Bismillah, ar-Rahman, ar Rahim’ and ended with ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Devendra Singh Bhole began with ‘Om Namah Shivay’, while Ravindra concluded his oath ‘Jai Yogi, Jai Modi’.

Banerjee hoped that he will continue to get blessing from members of treasury benches.

Aprupa Poddar (TMC) took oath in Hindi and was applauded for this by members from BJP. However, she responded by saying that “don’t you know that Hindi is our national language”.

Ravi Kishan, Bhojpuri actor-turned-MP from Gorakhpur, took oath in a dramatic style, adding pauses with emphasis as he read the text. He chanted ‘Har Har Mahadev’ and ‘Guru Gorakhnath Ki Jai’.

While many BJP MPs ended their oath with chants of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Samajwadi Party MP from Sambhal, Shafiqur Rahman Barq, objected to Vande Mataram slogan, drawing protests from members of treasury benches who demanded an apology from him.

Taking a dig, Congress President Rahul Gandhi asked BJP Arun Kumar Sagar, who chanted ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ twice, to raise the slogan “one more time”. Gandhi repeated “one more time” after next BJP MP Ajay Kumar raised the same slogan.

Kumar retorted he would do so if Gandhi completed it by chanting ‘Jai’ following which Gandhi said “Jai Hind” and was joined by other Congress members

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