As the members of the 17th Lok Sabha took oath into office on Monday, Congress president and Wayanad Lok Sabha representative, Rahul Gandhi created a protocol error by forgetting to sign the register after taking the oath, before being called back to do the needful.
Visuals show that after being called upon to take oath into office, Rahul Gandhi proceeds to between the aisle amidst cheers. While an official stands up to remind him to sign the register, Gandhi is seen hurrying towards the podium to administer his oath. After swearing-in, he is seen proceeding back to his seat, before being called back to sign his name in the register. After signing his name, Gandhi then proceeds to shake the hand of Brijbhushan Sharan Singh who occupied the speaker's chair.
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In the same session earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the oath into office at the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha which began in the Parliament House in New Delhi.
As PM Modi's name was called in the Lower House of the Parliament for the oath-taking ceremony, the MPs gave desk-thumping applauds for the Prime Minister with loud cheers of "Modi, Modi.." could be heard all across the floor of the house.
The first session of 17th Lok Sabha will see the passing of the Union Budget and some key legislations like Triple Talaq bill being on top of the government agenda.
Ahead of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media outside the Parliament House. Speaking on the importance of the role of the Opposition leaders in the Parliament, he asked them to not focus on the numbers and speak and actively participate in the house proceedings.
"I expect every group to debate and discussion on the issues which are in benefit for every individual. The role of an Opposition and an active Opposition is important in a Parliamentary democracy. The Opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in house proceedings. When we come to Parliament, we should forget Paksh and Vipaksh. We should think about issues with a ‘Nishpaksh spirit’ and work in the larger interest of the nation," he said.