Shivani Raja’s swearing-in ceremony was hailed by the internet.

Indian-born Shivani Raja has become the first Conservative MP to win the Leicester East seat in 37 years. The victory was marked by a symbolic swearing-in ceremony on 10 July, where he swore his allegiance to the UK Parliament on the holy Bhagavad Gita.

“It’s an honor to be sworn in to represent Leicester East in Parliament today,” the Gujarati businesswoman wrote in a post on X. I felt really proud to take the oath of allegiance to His Majesty King Charles on Gita.

It was an honor to be sworn in today in Parliament to represent Leicester East.

I was really proud to swear my allegiance to His Majesty King Charles on Gita.#Leicester Eastpic.twitter.com/l7hogSSE2C

— Shivani Raja MP (@ShivaniRaja_LE) 10 July 2024

Ms. Raja’s swearing-in ceremony was hailed by the internet.

“May Bhagavad Gita enlighten you to govern in the best way,” a user commented below his post.

May Bhagavad Gita enlighten you to govern in the best way.

— Indian Retail Investing (@IndianInve10186) 10 July 2024

Another said, “Well done Shivani. Nice to see you also respected our holy scriptures.”

Well done Shivani. It is also good to see that you have respected our holy scriptures. ????

— K Dudakia (@kk_OEG) 10 July 2024

Someone said it was nice to see him “proud of his religion and culture”.

Very nice, Ms. Shivani, to see you taking the oath of Geeta. Be proud of your religion and culture????

— Vade Pally Parveen ????????? ????️ (@VaddepallyPrav) 10 July 2024

Shivani Raja’s landmark victory broke the Labor Party’s 37-year hold on the constituency. The 29-year-old secured 14,526 votes, beating Labour’s Rajesh Agarwal, who got just 10,100 votes. The constituency was hotly contested with several high-profile candidates, including former MPs Claude Wiebe and Keith Vaz, running as independents.

In her post-election statement, Ms Raja acknowledged the enormity of the work ahead, saying, “It really is time for change, and that change will be Leicester blue.”

It really is time for a change… and has that change been Leicester Blue???? pic.twitter.com/XTYqbdFxXU

— Shivani Raja MP (@ShivaniRaja_LE) July 7, 2024

In the recent British elections, the Labor Party won 411 seats, while the Conservative Party was reduced to only 121 seats. The Liberal Democrats won 72 seats, and the Scottish National Party won nine seats.

Sinn Féin won seven seats in Northern Ireland, and the Democratic Unionist Party won five.





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