Impeccable Hindi orator’s daughter, Eng lit student Bansuri takes oath in Sanskrit

| Updated: 24 June, 2024 9:03 pm IST
Bansuri Swaraj takes oath at Parliament on Monday in Sanskrit.

NEW DELHI: The oath-taking ceremony held on Monday at Parliament saw a different picture displaying linguistic diversity with the newly elected MPs taking their oaths in English and Indian languages, including Sanskrit, Hindi, Dogri, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Odia.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s daughter, Bansuri Swaraj, took her oath in Sanskrit as a Lok Sabha MP from the New Delhi seat defeating AAP’s candidate Somnath Bharti.

Despite being a first-time MP and candidate, her oath in Sanskrit highlighted her respect for tradition, adding a unique cultural touch. Running on the BJP ticket, Bansuri defeated Bharti in the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of 78,370 votes. 

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In 2023, Bansuri Swaraj was appointed as the co-convener of the BJP’s legal cell in Delhi. Just a year later, she made her Lok Sabha debut, featuring in the BJP’s first list of candidates for the election.

Choosing a different path than her mother, Bansuri was an advocate at the Supreme Court of India before entering politics. She studied Law at Oxford University and English Literature at the University of Warwick.

Her name topped the list prepared by the Delhi BJP election committee, which was approved by the central leadership and retained by the CEC. She was fielded by the BJP in place of outgoing MP and Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi. Over the past year, Bansuri has been outspoken against Delhi’s AAP government, criticizing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Hence, this time BJP, which won all seven seats in Delhi removed AAP completely from the power from the capital. 

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While Bansuri was not the only one who took oath in Sanskrit, sixth term winner from North Goan constituency Shripad Yesso Naik, the MoS for Power and Renewable Energy, also took his oath in Sanskrit.

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