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41 take oath as Rajya Sabha members, Jaitley back as leader of House

Welcoming the newly elected members, chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the election to the Upper House of Parliament entails “heavy responsibilities and duties to strengthen the cause of democracy”.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2018 23:33 IST
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Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, while welcoming the newly-elected members, asked the first-timers to soon get themselves acquainted with the etiquette, procedures and rules of conduct of the House.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, while welcoming the newly-elected members, asked the first-timers to soon get themselves acquainted with the etiquette, procedures and rules of conduct of the House. (PTI file photo)

Finance minister Arun Jaitley was once again named the leader of the House as 41 members, including 18 who were re-elected, took oath in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Among the ministers who took the oath of affirmation were Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan, while the prominent new members included Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress who won from West Bengal with the support of the Trinamool Congress, CM Ramesh of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and V Muraleedharan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Newly-elected Rajya Sabha MPs, from the left in the top row, Mahendra Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Anil Baluni and Rajeev Chandrasekhar; from left in the second row, Narayan Tatu Rane, GVL Narasimha Rao, Subhasish Chakraborty, Md Nadimul Haque, Santanu Sen and Abhishek Manu Singhvi; and from left in the third row Kanta Kardam, Sakaldeep, Vijaypal Singh Tomar, Harnath Singh Yadav, Abir Ranjan Biswas and Ahmad Ashfaque Karim take oath during the ongoing budget session at Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI photo)

Saroj Pandey, a BJP MP from Chhattisgarh, took oath from her seat due to a fracture in her leg.

Welcoming the newly elected members, chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the election to the Upper House of Parliament entails “heavy responsibilities and duties to strengthen the cause of democracy”.

He said the 18 members who were re-elected are well-versed with the “rules, practices, procedures and nuances of the functioning of this House” and that the new members will “soon familiarise themselves with the rules of procedure, etiquette, practice and convention of the House as well as learn from the rich and vast experience of veteran members who followed good practices”.

Venkaiah said the oath-taking ceremony “reflected the rich linguistic diversity of our great country” as members took oath in nine languages of which “eight are Indian languages and mother tongues of the members”.