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British MP of Indian origin Shivani Raja takes oath on Bhagavad Gita: Watch

British MP of Indian origin Shivani Raja takes oath on Bhagavad Gita: Watch

Newly elected Conservative MP for Leicester East, Shivani Raja, has been sworn into the UK Parliament on the Bhagavad Gita. The 29-year-old businesswoman of Gujarati descent secured a historic victory, ending Labour’s 37-year dominance in the constituency.

Opposing her was another Indian-origin Labour candidate, Rajesh Agrawal, according to a report in India Today.

Shivani could be seen holding a copy of the Bhagavad Gita in her hands as she read the oath paper. After taking the oath, she walked up to X and said, “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 won 14,526 votes, defeating Agrawal, a former deputy mayor of London, who won 10,100 votes.

Their victory was notable given the recent history of conflict between the Indian Hindu community and Muslims at Leicester City following the India vs Pakistan match in the 2022 Asia Cup T20.

His victory was also significant as Leicester East has been a Labour stronghold since 1987. Shivan’s victory marked the first time in 37 years that the constituency had elected a Conservative.

A total of 28 Indian-origin Members of Parliament, including Shivani, were elected to the House of Commons in the UK’s July 4 general election.

Keir Starmer has become the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as the Labour Party returned to power after 14 years in a landslide victory.

Labour won 412 seats in the 650-member House of Commons, an increase of 211 on the last election in 2019. Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party won just 121 seats, 250 seats fewer than it won in the previous election.