A day ahead of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called an all-party meeting to discuss simultaneous elections.
On Monday, June 17, pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar will swear in the newly-elected Members, and then the Speaker will be elected.
No legislative business has been listed for the day, as the President’s address to a joint session of both Houses will take place today.
Here are the live updates:
Lok Sabha | 1 p.m.
Janardhan Singh Sigriwal of the BJP takes oath, follwed by Rajiv Pratap Rudy from the same party.
Lok Sabha | 12.40 p.m.
Baidyanath Prasad Mahato of JD(U) takes oath in Hindi. Now, members from Bihar take oath.
Bihar sends 40 MPs to the Lok Sabha. This time the State overwhelmingly voted for the NDA. The BJP won 17 seats, while the JD(U) got 16. The Lok Jan Shakti Party won six seats.
Dr. Mohammad Jawed, the lone Congress MP from the State takes oath in English.
Gopal Jee Thakur takes oath in Bhojpuri.
Lok Sabha | 12.20 p.m.
Arunachal Pradesh member Tapir Gao takes oath. He is one of the two BJP members elected from the State. The other member, Kiren Rijiju, already took oath along with ministers.
Kripanath Mallah takes oath in Assamese. Dr. Rajdeep Roy takes oath in Bengali. Horen Singh Bey takes oath in English. Of the 14 seats from Assam, BJP won nine, Congress three, AIDUF one and one Independent was also elected.
Abdul Khalekh of Congress takes oath in the name of Allah.
Naba Kumar Sarania from Kokrajhar takes oath in Assamese. This is the second term for Mr. Sarania. A former millitant attached to ULFA, Mr. Sarania contested as an Independent with the support of Sanimiita Janagosthiya Aikyamancha (SJA), a conglomerate of 23 non-Bodo organisations.
Lok Sabha | 12.05 p.m.
Kuldeep Rai Sharma, the Congress member from Andaman and Nicobar Islands takes oath in English.
Members from Andhra Pradesh take oath. Goddeti Madhavi takes oath in Telugu.
Rammohan Naidu, TDP member, takes oath in Hindi. Sathyanarayana takes oath in Telugu. Out of 25 seats from Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress won 22 seats and the remaining were bagged by TDP. Andhra Pradesh is one of the big States that didn’t elect anyone from the national parties.
Chinta Anuradha takes oath in Hindi. She represents Amalapuram in the House.
Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishna Raju and Jayadev Galla take oath in English.
Lok Sabha | 11.40 a.m.
Anurag Thakur takes oath in Hindi. He is a junior minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
Suresh Angadi takes oath in English.
Som Parkash takes oath in Punjabi. Footage from Lok Sabha TV shows Mr. Parkash signing using his left hand.
Rameshwar Teli takes oath in Assamese. Debashree Chowdhury is the last minister to take oath.
Lok Sabha | 11.20 a.m.
Rao Inderjit Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Giriraj Singh are the next set of ministers to take oath.
Shripad Yesso Naik, the Goa MP, also takes oath in Sanskrit.
Dr. Jithendra Singh takes oath in Dogri.
Kishen Reddy takes oath in Telugu. Lok Sabha allows members to take oath in any of the 22 official languages listed in the Constitution. The Lok Sabha Secretariat also employs translators to provide translation services.
Babul Supriyo takes oath in English. As he walks to the podium, members chant “Jai Shri Ram!”
Lok Sabha | 11.20 a.m.
Union Minister Arjun Munda takes oath as member of parliament in Lok Sabha. He takes oath in Hindi.
Smriti Irani, is the second woman and first BJP woman MP to take oath. She swears in the name of God.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan takes oath in Sanskrit. Prime Minister Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh smile as they hear a member speaking in Sanskrit.
Pralhad Joshi takes oath in Kannada. He represents Dharwad in the lower House.
Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Skill Development, takes oath in Hindi.
Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena minister, takes oath in the name of God in Marathi.
Giriraj Singh, Gajendra Singh Shekawat, and Santosh Kumar Gangwar are the next ministers to take oath.
Lok Sabha | 11 a.m.
House is in session. The national anthem is played. Pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar is in the Chair.
The House maintains a moment of silence on the solemn occasion of the beginning of the 17th Lok Sabha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rises to be sworn in. Kodikunnil Suresh of the Congress is sworn in next. He is followed by Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD, who takes his oath in Odia. Brij Bhushan Charan Singh of the BJP takes oath next.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is next, followed by Home Minister Amit Shah. Mr. Shah is a first-time Member.
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is sworn in now. This is his second term. D.V. Sadananda Gowda takes his oath in Kannada.
BJP Member from Morena and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is up next. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad takes oath.
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is next to be sworn in. She takes her oath in Punjabi. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank takes oath next.
Pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar sworn in
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday inducted seven-term member of Parliament Virendra Kumar as the pro-tem Speaker of Lok Sabha.
Mr. Kumar will oversee the oath-taking of newly elected LS members on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, as soon as a new Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is elected, his role will cease to exist.
Mr. Kumar, 65, won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh on a BJP ticket. He was a Minister of State in the previous Modi government.
As pro-tem Speaker, Mr. Kumar will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath to the newly elected MPs. He will also oversee the election of the Lok Sabha Speaker. – PTI
Open to all ideas if it benefits people, says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that rather than argue about who the leader and Opposition are, Parliament should focus on governing and making these five years productive.
Speaking outside Parliament House, the Prime Minister said: “We have a larger number in the Lok Sabha this time. In Parliament, a lot of people come up with very good ideas. These ideas may not be conducive for ratings. But if someone comes up with a good idea, we will always accept it. Even ideas from the Opposition would be welcome if they are beneficial to the people.
“The people have given their verdict, but regardless of the number or who the Opposition is, we should work together without partisan politics.
“I ask Parliament to work together for the betterment of the people.”
War for the rooms in Lok Sabha
The Lok Sabha landscape is going for a makeover with many losing the coveted rooms and many others for the first time managing to get space to put up their nameplates.
A party’s strength in both Houses dictates who gets prime real estate in the building which usually is the ground floor. Those with poor presence are pushed up to the dank third floor. The proximity to the ruling dispensation equally is a deciding factor.
The Telugu Desam Party, which is now down to three MPs from the earlier 16, could lose the capacious ground floor office they have been occupying since 1999 which was allotted to them by then Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi. “There is no official notification but last week Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi took a tour of the office. Since then we are seeing a steady stream of various BJP functionaries,” a TDP leader said.