First Session of Telangana Assembly and Council began on Monday with the Protem Speaker K Jana Reddy administering the oath to new members. Barring two MLAs of All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Party, 117 MLAs of the 119-member Telangana Assembly, including Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao took oath as members of the House. Earlier in the morning, senior-most member of the Assembly K Jana Reddy was sworn in as the Protem Speaker by Governor E S L Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan.
The oath taking ceremony, which lasted for two hours, began with the swearing in of the leader of the House and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The Chief Minister took oath as a member of the House in Telugu at 11.06 am. After taking the oath, the Chief Minister went to the Speaker’s chair and hugged the Protem Speaker.
KCR, who came to the Assembly for the first time after becoming the CCM, greeted opposition leaders J Geeta Reddy, D K Aruna, P Kista Reddy, TDP leaders Errabelli Dayakar Rao and Talasani Srinivas Yadav and BJP leaders Chintala Ramachandra Reddy and K Lakshman. Later, the cabinet ministers took oath as members. Among the ministers, Deputy Chief Minister T Rajaiah was called out first followed by the names of other cabinet ministers Etela Rajender, G Jagadeesh Reddy, Jogu Ramanna, K Taraka Rama Rao, P Mahender Reddy, P Srinivas Reddy, T Padma Rao and T Harish Rao.
Thereafter, nine women MLAs took oath as members of the House in the alphabetical order. Of these MLAs, six women MLAs belong to the ruling TRS and the remaining three belong to Congress. The women MLAs include A Rekha (TRS), D K Aruna (Congress), B Shoba (TRS), J Geeta Reddy (Congress), Konda Surekha (TRS), K Lakshmi (TRS), Padma Devender Reddy (TRS) and N Padmavathi Reddy (Congress).
While A Rekha, J Geeta Reddy and Padmavathi Reddy took oath in English, the remaining women members took oath in Telugu. Later, the remaining members of the House were administered the oath office in the alphabetical order. MIM MLAs Akbaruddin Owaisi and Mumtaz Ahmed Khan did not turn up for the oath-taking ceremony. Meanwhile, TRS MLA B Shoba from Choppadandi Assembly Constituency struggled to read out the text of the oath. The entire House burst into laughter, including the Chief Minister when she said that she was feeling jittery to read out the text. On the other hand, many MLAs were seen bowing their heads to their leaders.