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Listen | Is Parliament the Place for Sloganeering?

A large section of BJP MPs interrupted oath-taking of several MPs from opposition parties with chants such as “Jai Shri Ram”.

The maiden session of 17th Lok Sabha commenced on Monday, June 17. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to take oath, along with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, home minister Amit Shah, textiles minister Smriti Irani and transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari. The second batch of Lok Sabha MPs took oath on Tuesday, June 18, the second day of the monsoon session of parliament.

A large section of BJP MPs interrupted oath-taking of several MPs from opposition parties with loud chants of “Jai Shri Ram”, “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”.

What went unnoticed from the glare of the mainstream media is that many senior leaders of the BJP, including Union minister Rajnath Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad, who were present in the house, did not do anything to stop the BJP MPs from maintaining the dignity of the house.

Tune in to listen to the senior editor of The Wire Arfa Khanum Sherwani about the slogans raised in parliament session and why it’s important to maintain some level of dignity during sessions.