New Delhi: 12 March 2012
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Sikkim, Hishey Lachungpa of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) today took oath of affirmation in the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the Budget session of the Parliament.
Lachungpa who was the only new member in the current session in the Upper House chose to take the oath in Nepali before Vice President Hamid Ansari who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. He was thus ushered into the House of the Council of States. Also present in the Rajya Sabha were Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh and other Union cabinet ministers who are members of the Upper house of the Parliament. Also present was the leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley.
Before the oath ceremony and his first session in the Rajya Sabha, Lachungpa also attended President Pratibha Patil’s address to the members of both the houses at the Central hall of the Parliament.
Family members and close friends of the MP also witnessed the swearing in ceremony from the Visitors gallery in the Upper House.
Lachungpa was elected to the lone Rajya Sabha seat in February this year. A Government of India gazette notification from the Union law and Parliamentary Affairs had declared him elected to the Upper House on 24th February, 2012.