It was the first day of work for the seven Members of Parliament from Delhi.
And though not very eventful — as the day was reserved for oath taking by MPs who joined the 15th Lok Sabha — it was an overwhelming experience for the first timers.
The old timers — five Delhi MPs have been to Parliament before — used the occasion to relive old memories and bond with former colleagues.
There are two first time MPs from Delhi in the 15th Lok Sabha — Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi and Ramesh Kumar from South Delhi. “Mujhe bahut garv mehsoos ho raha hai, Hindustan ki sabse badi panchayat mein pahuch kar (I am feeling very proud to reach the biggest panchayat),” was how Mahabal Mishra described his experience.
“Though it is my first time in the Lok Sabha but I am fully aware of my responsibilities,” Mishra was quick to add. “Before this I have already represented the people of my constituency in Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Assembly. I won't let the people (who elected me) down.”
Like Mishra, it was an overwhelming experience for first time MP from South Delhi, Ramesh Kumar. Before joining Lok Sabha, Kumar had a brief stint in the Delhi Assembly in 1998.
“Entering the hallowed halls of Parliament for the first time is a very special experience,” Kumar said. “I want to make the most of the opportunity to improve the lot of the people in my constituency.”
But there were others like three-time MP J.P. Aggarwal who relived some of his past experience as a Parliamentarian. “I am entering the House after a gap of 12 years. There are a lot of newcomers around. I have met some old friends as well," said Aggarwal, who is representing North-East Delhi.
Aggarwal said he is looking forward to participate in debates in the Lower House. “I have prioritized the issues that I will focus on," he said.
It was work as usual for another old-timer, North-West Delhi MP, Krishna Tirath who has also been given the charge of Women and Child Development Ministry.
“I want to address social issues and I am already working on it. As the minister for Women and Child Development I am acutely aware of the responsibilities and challenges ahead of me and am ready to face them," said Tirath.