The 17th Lok Sabha which assembled for the first time yesterday on 17th June 2019 after the general elections, witnessed the oath-taking ceremony of the Lok Sabha MPs.
Amongst them, the one person whose oath-taking created a stir was that of BJP MP from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur.
It took her three attempts to complete her oath-taking ceremony.
#WATCH: An uproar started in the Lok Sabha today when BJP's winning candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur took oath as MP under the name 'Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur Poorn Chetnand Avdheshanand Giri', suffixing her name with her spiritual guru. She took her oath in 3 attempts pic.twitter.com/VuTvZ4BgIT— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2019
While taking her oath in Sanskrit, she read her name as Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur Swami Purna Chetnanand Avdheshanand Giri, suffixing her spiritual guru's name to her own. And this invited protests from the opposition.
After being stopped twice, first by the Pro-tem speaker and then by the opposition lawmakers, she was finally allowed to take her oath in the third attempt after she agreed to remove anything that was unofficial.
According to the rules, members need to use their names as stated in the official records and avoid religious prefixes or suffixes.
And Twitter had a lot to say about the BJP MP turning her oath-taking ceremony into a controversy.
Pragya Thakur had to turn even her oath taking into a controversy.— meghnad (@Memeghnad) June 17, 2019
She didn't say her own name as per the Parliament records, so the speaker had to shut her down. 🙄#SansadWatch https://t.co/yZR6l7rq6g
Thanks for exposing the true intentions on the first day..— SP 3.0 (@spwantstoknow) June 17, 2019
Will pay for this..like you have already done..
Disrepect of parliamentary traditions and constitution should not be accepted.— M RAM (@mangeram0154) June 17, 2019
RIP Democracy 😂— Arqam Khan (@IamArqamkhan) June 17, 2019
This was just a trailer.— Sanjeev Singh Brar (@brarsanjeevsing) June 18, 2019
Sad day in history of india— RAS official. راس اوفیسیال (@Beingmemyself) June 17, 2019
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur stokes a controversy during her oath taking in Lok Sabha on her first day. Very exciting to see what she plans to do in her 5 year term, if she survives that 😂😂😂— Sikander Singh (@OnlySikander) June 17, 2019
If the name isn't registered as "SADHVI" Pragya Thakur on her Aadhar or legal documents, she can't use it in an OATH taking.— J (@NitaKumar) June 17, 2019
U can't add whatever they want for oath taking.
If Rajnikant takes an OATH in court or in Parliament, he has to use his legal name. Not SUPERSTAR title.
The oath-taking ceremony will continue today with the remaining MPs taking their oaths.