External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar takes oath as Rajya Sabha member

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NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, took oath as a member of the Upper House on Monday.


On Friday, Jaishankar and party colleague Jugal Ji Thakor were declared winners in the by-polls conducted for two Rajya Sabha seats in the state.

Jaishankar, who was the foreign secretary during Modi government's first term in office bagged 104 votes, while his Congress rival Gaurav Pandya got 70 votes.

The 1977-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer took oath in English after which he greeted the Chairman and other members present in the House.

The two seats in Gujarat fell vacant after Union Ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to the Lok Sabha in recent national polls.

Former top diplomat Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Krishnaswamy was appointed the Minister of External Affairs after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed back to power in May 2019.

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