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Muslim MLAs who took oath in Assembly in Sanskrit earned mixed reactions

– Raheem Khan

Jaipur, Dec. 21: The first session of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan was convened on Wednesday. Protem Speaker Kalicharan Saraf administered the oath to the newly elected MLAs. During this, MLA Yunus Khan, who won as an independent from Didwana seat, and Zuber Khan, who became MLA from Ramgarh assembly of Alwar district on Congress ticket, surprised everyone by taking oath in Sanskrit language.

There have been very few occasions in the House when minority MLAs have taken the oath of office in Sanskrit. This is the reason why other MLAs present in the House appreciated this style of Yunus and Zuber by thumping their tables. Even later, the oath taken by both Muslim MLAs in Sanskrit remained a topic of discussion among the media and people. Zuber Khan said he has already taken oath in Sanskrit, Sanskrit is an old language, it is a matter of pride to take oath in it.

According to census data, Sanskrit is the mother tongue of 2375 people in Rajasthan. About 21 MLAs took oath in Sanskrit. According to these figures, more than 6.5 lakh people speak Urdu. No one took oath in Urdu.

In Rajasthan, BJP has formed the government after winning 115 seats in the recent Assembly election. On December 15, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jaipur, Bhajan Lal Sharma took oath as Chief Minister and along with him Diya Kumari and Premchand Bairwa took oath as Deputy Chief Ministers.

The first session of the 16th Legislative Assembly was convened on Wednesday in which Protem Speaker Kalicharan Sarafa administered the oath to the newly elected MLAs. This session came into discussion due to Muslim MLAs taking oath in Sanskrit. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and Deputy Chief Ministers Diya Kumari and Premchand Bairwa were the first to take oath as MLAs in the Assembly. 191 MLAs took oath on the first day in the assembly.

Meanwhile, Congress MLAs, including former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot took oath by tying black bands on their arms in protest against the suspension of Congress MPs in the Parliament.

Who is MLA Zubair Khan?
Zubair Khan is currently the Congress MLA from Ramgarh assembly seat of Alwar. He got 93765 votes in the 2023 assembly elections. At the same time, Sukhwant Singh, who contested the elections from BJP, was in second position. Zubair defeated Sukhwant by 19696 votes. In 2018, Zubair Khan’s wife Safia Zubair was the MLA from this seat.

Who is MLA Yunus Khan?
Yunus Khan has been MLA from Didwana twice on BJP ticket. This time, after not getting the ticket from BJP, he won the election as an independent from Didwana. He is one of the close associates of former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. He has also been a cabinet minister twice in Vasundhara Raje’s government. In 2018, BJP had fielded Yunus Khan against Sachin Pilot from Tonk Assembly, where he was defeated. This time BJP didn’t give him ticket. After this, he decided to contest the elections as an independent. He has defeated Congress candidate Chetan Singh Dudi by more than 2,000 votes. Whereas, BJP candidate Jitendra Singh remained in third position.

The MLAs also took oath in Sanskrit
The MLAs who took oath in Sanskrit included Udaylal Bhadana (Mandal), Gopal Sharma (Civil Line), Gopal Lal Sharma (Mandalgarh), Chhagan Singh Rajpurohit (Ahore), Zuber Khan (Ramgarh), Jethanand Vyas (Bikaner West), Kailash Meena (Garhi). ), Balmukund Acharya (Hawamahal), Yunus Khan (Deedwana), Ladulal Pitalia (Sahada), Vasudev Devnani (Ajmer North), Babusingh Rathod (Shergarh), Jogeshwar Garg (Jalore), Zoraram Kumawat (Sumerpur), Deepti Maheshwari (Rajsamand). , Nauksham Chaudhary (Kaman), Pabbaram Vishnoi (Phalodi), Mahant Pratap Puri (Pokaran), Sandeep Sharma (Kota South), Shankarlal (Sagwada) and Hari Singh Rawat (Bhim).

Oath not recognized in Rajasthani language
Ravindra Singh Bhati, an independent MLA from Shiv assembly seat, took oath in Rajasthani language. But there is a rule to take oath only in the languages included in the eighth list of the Constitution and Rajasthani language is not included therein. When some other MLAs also tried to take oath in Rajasthani, Protem Speaker Kalicharan Sarafa stopped them from taking oath. Later, the oath taken by Ravindra Singh Bhati in Rajasthani language was also deleted from the records and Ravindra Bhati took the oath in Hindi language.

Reached the assembly in a different style
The style of the MLAs who reached the assembly on the first day was also quite unique. Independent MLA Ritu Banawat arrived driving a tractor, while Balmukundacharya, who was elected MLA from Hawamahal seat of Jaipur, had Bajrangbali’s mace in his hands. Meanwhile, Bikaner West MLA Jethanand Vyas came to the assembly on a bike.

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