Delhi Assembly: AAP MLAs use Punjabi, Maithili and Bajrangbali to stand out in oath-taking ceremony
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet were the first to take the oath in the first day of the seventh legislative assembly of Delhi while MLAs like Sanjeev Jha and Jarnail Singh stood out by taking their oaths in their mother tongue.
Pro-tem speaker Shoaib Iqbal convened the first day of the seventh legislative assembly of Delhi on Monday. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had created history by winning 62 of 70 seats in the recently-concluded Delhi assembly elections which saw Arvind Kejriwal being reinstated as the Chief Minister. Kejriwal and his cabinet had taken the oath of the offices on February 16.
The AAP convenor was first to take the oath as member of the seventh legislative assembly on Monday followed by Manish Sisodia. A few newly elected legislators have also given their best shot to stand out in the oath-taking process. For instance, two AAP MLAs took the oath in their mother tongue Maithili.
Three-time Burari MLA, Sanjeev Jha, decked up with a traditional Maithili cap called paag took oath his mother tongue. Another AAP MLA who also hails from Bihar’s Mithilanchal region, Rituraj Govind chose traditional attire for the occasion.
Jarnail Singh, AAP MLA from Tilak Nagar, took oath in his mother tongue Punjabi. Okhla AAP MLA, Amanatullah Khan took the oath in his mother tongue Urdu.
In response to the Bharatiya Janata Party's hardcore Hindutva campaign, the AAP had propped up the Bajrangbali (Lord Hanuman) card during the recently-concluded polls. Since then, the reference to the Hindu god has featured in the AAP victory march and the cabinet oath-taking. Taking the trend-forward, Uttam Nagar AAP MLA Naresh Balyan and three-time GK MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj took oath in the name of Lord Hanuman as Delhi assembly members.
The BJP members objected to taking oath in the name of Lord Hanuman. However, the pro-tem speaker Iqbal rejected the objections saying, "if you want, you too will be allowed to take oath in this manner".
Notably, Rithala MLA Mohinder Goyal took the oath in the names – Ishwar, Allah, Wahe Guru, God and Maharaja Agrasen. While AAP MLA Raghav Chadha remained absent during his name call for oath-taking, two-time Jangpura MLA Praveen Kumar took oath in English. Importantly, one of the senior AAP leaders, Atishi kept it simple as she took oath as a first-time Delhi legislator.
Meanwhile, the BJP, which had to face a crushing defeat in the polls winning just eight of 70 assembly seats, replaced Vijender Gupta and appointed newly elected MLA Rambir Singh Bidhuri as the Leader of Opposition (LoP).