– Photo: Amar Ujala
In addition to Hindi, English, some councilors also took oath in Bhojpuri, Sanskrit and Haryanvi in the MCD House assembly on Tuesday. Many female councilors took the oath in English with verve. What is special is that the Muslim woman was the first of the council members to take the oath in English. After this, many women took the oath in English.
AAP councilor Rafia Mahir started taking the oath in English from ward number 78 Bazar Sitaram. Like AAP councilors Sultana Abad and Aale Iqbal, he raised the slogan of ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ after taking the oath. After him, AAP Corporator Shilpa Kaur of Ward No-102 Khyala took the oath in English.
Meanwhile, BJP Councilor Neelam Krishna Pahalwan of Ward No. 128, Dichau Kalan Ward, who came fully dressed as a country woman with her head covered with a pallu, surprised all the councilors as soon as she uttered her first word to take the oath. Presiding Officer Satya Sharma spoke for me to take the oath, then Neelam hurriedly read the affidavit in English. In doing so, she also continued to wield her pallu. A similar scene was again witnessed in the House of Representatives.
AAP corporator Sugandha of Ward No-178 Tughlakabad also reached the podium and covered her head with pallu and took the oath in English. Similarly, AAP corporator Hema Vohra of ward number 184 Jaitpur and BJP’s Neelam Chowdhary of ward number 214 Azad Nagar dressed up as rural women and started reading affidavits in English.
225 councilors took the oath in Hindi
Out of 250 corporators, 225 corporators took oath in Hindi, 15 in English, five in Urdu, two each in Punjabi and Sanskrit, one corporator in Bhojpuri and one in Haryanvi. AAP Councilor of Chandni Chowk, Sardar Poonardeep in English, AAP Councilor in Sitaram Bazar, Rafia Mahir in English, BJP Councilor in English, Sardar Arjunpal Singh Marwah, Congress Councilor in Abul Fazal Enclave in English, Ariba Khan in English, Congress Councilor in Zakir Nagar, Nazia Danish in Hindi, Shagufta of Congress from Chauhan Bangar took the oath in English, BJP’s Manisha from Subhash Mohalla and BJP’s Kamal Bagdi from Ramnagar took the oath in English Sanskrit.