After missing the early proceedings of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha on Monday morning, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took oath to office as the Member of Parliament from Kerala's Wayanad in the evening.
Sharing a video of the moment, Indian National Congress party's official Twitter handle said "Congress President Rahul Gandhi takes oath for a fourth consecutive term as a member of Lok Sabha". In the video clip from Lok Sabha TV, Rahul Gandhi can be seen sitting with UPA Chairperson and Raebareli MP Sonia Gandhi with other Congress MPs sitting around them.
As Rahul Gandhi's name is called for the oath-taking, Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders sitting around them thumped their desk hard as an attempt to increase the cheers for their party president in the Lok Sabha. Their efforts come in the light of the longest applause received by Rahul Gandhi's competitor Smriti Irani, who defeated him from his bastion Amethi in the 2019 elections, as she took the oath during the Lok Sabha session.
Watch the video here:
Earlier he took to Twitter and said that he begins his news innings in Parliament today by taking his oath, affirming that he will bear true faith and allegiance to the Consitution of India.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was embarrassingly defeated by BJP leader Smriti Irani from his bastion Amethi. However, even as he lost from Amethi, he won the Parliamentary seat of Wayanad by a huge majority by defeating LDF's P P Suneer and BJP Thushar Vellapally on May 23.