New Delhi: Four newly-elected Members of Parliament took oath in the Lok Sabha on day one of the winter session of Parliament on Monday.
Prince Raj from the Samastipur parliamentary constituency in Bihar, Himadri Singh from Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh, Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil from Satara in Maharashtra and D.M. Kathir Anand from Vellore in Tamil Nadu are the four newly-elected MPs who took oath when the Lower House met for the day.
The MPs signed the roll of members and took their seats in the House to attend the winter session, which will end on December 13 and see a total of 20 sittings.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Prince Raj, who was last month appointed as party chief of Bihar replacing his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, trounced senior Bihar Congress leader Ashok Kumar in the bypoll for the Samastipur reserved seat. The by-election was held after the death of Ram Chandra Paswan. Raj is the nephew of Union minister Ramvilas Paswan.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himadri Singh, 31, daughter of former Union minister and late Congress MP Dalbir Singh, is a third-time MP from the Shahdol seat. It was the same seat from where her mother Rajesh Nandini Singh of Congress was defeated by BJP’s Dalpat Singh in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Singh was given a ticket by the BJP in place of the sitting MP Gyan Singh. She has recently crossed over to the BJP from the Congress.
Former Governor of Sikkim and Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Shriniwas Patil defeated the BJP’s Udayanraje Bhosale, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji and two-time NCP MP from Satara in western Maharashtra in the recently concluded by-election. He was a member of both the 13th and 14th Lok Sabhas from 1999 to 2009.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader D.M. Kathir Anand, who is the son of former minister and DMK treasurer Durai Murugan, defeated his nearest rival and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate A.C. Shanmugam, bagging the Vellore parliamentary constituency taking the party’s tally in the Lok Sabha to 24.