New MPs will raise Delhi's issues in Parliament: CM
NEW DELHI: The newly-nominated MPs of Rajya Sabha from the Aam Aadmi Party will raise issues of Delhi in the Parliament said, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday.
"Congratulations to all three of them. They will voice the concerns of all Delhiites in RS," Kejriwal said.
The new Rajya Sabha entrants — Narain Das Gupta, Sushil Kumar Gupta and Sanjay Singh, took the oath of affirmation on Monday. With this, AAP has made its maiden entry into the Upper House of the Parliament.
While Narain Das Gupta took oath in English, Sushil Kumar Gupta and Singh took it in Hindi. The trio greeted members and shook hands with Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu after taking oath.
All new members, thereafter, signed the register and took their seats. AAP members were been allotted seats in the last row on the Opposition side.
However, later in the day, the three MPs boycotted President Ram Nath Kovind's address to a joint sitting of the Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session, as a protest against the disqualification of 20 party MLAs.
AAP Lok Sabha members Sadhu Singh and Bhagwant Mann also joined the protest.
They also protested against the sealing drive in Delhi and the Centre's decision to allow FDI in single-brand retail.
Referring to the disqualification of MLAs, Singh said, "There cannot be two laws in the country," referring to the BJP-ruled states when the High Court cancelled the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries, but not the membership of the MLAs.