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Indian MP Shivani Raja takes oath on Bhagavad Gita in UK Parliament

Indian MP Shivani Raja takes oath on Bhagavad Gita in UK Parliament

Shivani Raja, first-time member of UK Parliamenttook the oath on the Bhagavad Gita. The 29-year-old businesswoman of Gujarati descent is the newly elected MP for Leicester East.

Raja, who won the Leicester East seat for the Conservative Party, ending Labour’s 37-year control of the constituencywas sworn in as a congresswoman on Tuesday. A video of the swearing-in ceremony showed her holding the Bhagavad Gita in her hand.

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Proud to swear allegiance

“It was an honour to be sworn into Parliament today to represent Leicester East. I was truly proud to swear my allegiance to His Majesty King Charles on the Gita,” she wrote on social media, posting a video of the ceremony.

Who is Shivani Raja

Raja’s mother hails from Rajkot, and her father is a Gujarati who migrated from Kenya to Leicester in 1970. She was involved in the family business before entering politics. She defeated the Indian-origin Labour Party candidate Rajesh Agarwal by a margin of 4,426 votes in the seat that has been the stronghold of the current ruling party since 1987.

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Members of Parliament of Indian Origin in the United Kingdom

She is one of 26 people of Indian origin to have entered the UK House of Commons. This includes 19 MPs from Labour, the UK’s new governing party, of whom 12 were elected for the first time.

In 2024, the UK will elect what is being described as the most diverse Parliament in the country, with at least 87 ethnic minority candidates set to take their seats in the House of Commons.

Election results showed that the Labour Party secured 412 seats out of 650, while the Conservative Party, led by Rishi Sunak, won 121 seats.

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