This morning, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his oath as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha and was greeted by loud chants and tremendous applause. When PM Modi read out the oath, the BJP lawmakers chanted “Modi, Modi” in the lower house of the parliament.  “I, Narendra Damodardas Modi, who has been appointed as the member of Lok Sabha, pledge that I would abide by constitution in delivering my duties,” PM Modi said.

After the national election, today was the first session of the parliament. Sources said several crucial bills will be introduced in this session including the one that would make the practice of Triple Talaq illegal.

Apart from the PM, there were Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Smriti Irani, who took oath today. Ms. Irani, Union Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development, received long applause as she took the oath. To cheer her, PM Modi and Rajnath Singh thumped their desks.

After taking the oath, she greeted interim speaker Virendra Kumar and opposition leaders including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who reciprocated with folded hands.

Ahead of the parliament session, PM Modi asked the opposition to not bother about numbers. “When we come to parliament, we should forget about paksh and vipaksh (government and opposition). We should think about issues with a nishpaksh (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” he said.

“The opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in house proceedings,” he added.

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