After being elected at recent Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, BJP candidates Amit Shah and Smriti Irani took oaths as RS MPs from Gujarat in the Parliament House, on Friday.
After a dramatic election, the two BJP ministers were elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, earlier this month – BJP President Amit Shah and I&B Minister Smriti Irani. Both ministers were sworn in as the MPs of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu‘s office – the Parliamentary House of India. The new MPs took oath in presence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad among others. Both leaders were accompanied by their spouses and Irani took the oath in Sanskrit, while Shah opted for traditional Hindi.
For Amit Shah, this will be his first experience at the Rajya Sabha, whereas for Smriti Irani, this will be second term. With entry if Shah in the Rajya Sabha, BJP is expected to get more aggressive at the Parliamentary House, if it wasn’t already. Shah who is known as a ‘hard taskmaker’ is also expected to boost BJP’s performance in the Upper House – especially after the recent incidents of embarrassment when MPs simply didn’t show up.
With two of three seats from Gujarat and majority from most of the states, BJP is now the single party with largest majority in the Rajya Sabha. This will help the party in passing bills, which was hindered until now because of muster number of supporters and earlier, even key bills had to be reprimanded several times. Under Shah’s watch, BJP’s position will be sharpened and aggressed on issues to act counter-offensively against the Opposition – be it with numerical superiority and easing out the party in cornering off their bills.