Last week, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was elected as the member of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, and today he takes oath of the office.
After PM Modi stormed back to power in May, the former top diplomat Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Krishnaswamy was appointed the Minister of External Affairs.
During PM Modi’s firm term in office, Mr. Jaishankar was the Foreign Secretary, got elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat last week in assembly polls for two vacancies created following the resignation of Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, and Home Minister Amit Shah, who were elected to the Lok Sabha in the recently-concluded National Elections.
S Jaishankar is an IFS Officer of 1977-batch takes oath in English, after which he greets the Chairman and other members present in the Upper House.
Mr. Shah was also present in the Upper House, when Mr. Jaishankar took oath.
He is the son of late K Subrahmanyam, who was a leading strategic analyst of India.
Earlier, the Upper House has expressed sorrow at the death news of former Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, Sudarshan Agarwal.
When the Rajya Sabha met for the day, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu announced Mr. Agarwal’s death on July 3, who died at the age of 88.
Sudarshan Agarwal was former Secretary General of Rajya Sabha for 12 years between May 1981 and June 1993, a regime that speaks volumes of his expertise in the procedures and law in the Parliament, said Vice President Naidu said.
Mr. Naidu continued, “In passing away of Shri Sudarshan Agarwal, the country has lost a noted constitutional expert, an able officer, and a dedicated social worker.”
As a mark of respect to the memory of the departed soul, members of the Upper House stood in silence.