The 15th Lok Sabha saw many of the newly-elected MPs take oath on Monday in their mother tongue or languages of their choice, with Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Sumitra Mahajan leading the way by doing so in Sanskrit.
She was followed by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MP Basudev Acharya taking oath in Bengali and Arjun Sethi of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in his Oriya. Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is Congress MP from Sivaganga, followed suit in Tamil, while BK Handique, also of the Congress, spoke in Assamese.
Dayanidhi Maran, A. Raja and MK Azhagiri, both of the DMK, also took oath in Tamil. Mallikarjun Kharge did so in Kannada and Pawan Kumar Bansal in Punjabi.