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Imtiyaz Jaleel takes oath as MP in Marathi, Kodikunnil Suresh prefers Hindi

Oath taking will continue on Tuesday when Asaduddin Owaisi, Azam Khan and the remaining Muslim MPs will take oath as MPs

Monday June 17, 2019 9:44 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

Imtiyaz Jaleel takes oath as MP

[Imtiyaz Jaleel of AIMIM won the Parliament election for the first time. He contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when he was MLA of Aurangabad Central Assembly seat in Maharashtra. (Photo: Imtiyaz Jaleel/Twitter)]

New Delhi: Linguistic diversity was witnessed in the Lok Sabha as newly elected members took oath in English as well as different Indian languages, including Marathi and Sanskrit.

While most MPs chose Hindi, Harsh Vardhan and Meenakshi Lekhi (both MPs from Delhi) as well as first-timer Pratap Chandra Sarangi took the oath in Sanskrit.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal took the oath in Punjabi, Arvind Sawant in Marathi, D.V. Sadanand Gowda in Kannada and Bhartruhari Mahtab in Odia. Udhampur MP Jitendra Singh preferred Dogri.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani took the oath in Hindi.

Union Cabinet Minister Rameshwar Teli and Kripanath Mallah, and Naba Kumar Saranai took oaths in Assamese.

Congress member Kodikunnil Suresh from Kerala surprised everyone by taking the oath in Hindi, triggering thumping of desks by mainly Hindi-speaking members.

On the other hand, Imtiyaz Jaleel of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) who won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Aurangabad in Maharashtra took oath in Marathi.

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha began on Monday with pro tem Speaker Virendra Singh administering the oath to members. According to the rules, Singh called MPs from different states in alphabetical orders.

The oath taking will continue on Tuesday when Asaduddin Owaisi, Azam Khan and the remaining Muslim MPs will take oath as MPs.

Azam Khan is expected to add more colour to India's linguistic diversity as he is a good speaker of Urdu and is most likely to take oath as MP in the same language.

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