'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' slogans were raised while United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi moved to take her oath on the second day of the maiden session of the new Lok Sabha. The senior Congress leader, who retained the Rae Bareli constituency in Uttar Pradesh, took her oath in Hindi.
While there was loud thumping of desks by the Congress members, voices were heard from the BJP benches thanking Sonia for taking oath in Hindi. Her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi appeared to be capturing the moment on his mobile phone from the opposition benches.
Immediately after Sonia, BJP MP and former minister Maneka Gandhi was administered the oath and she and her sister-in-law Sonia Gandhi greeted each other with folded hands.
Maneka Gandhi won from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Her son Varun Gandhi, who was elected from Pilibhit, also took oath.
Alphabetical order is followed for states in administering oath to their members.
The maiden session of 17th Lok Sabha started on Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari among the prominent members who took oath on the first day.