Five of the seven newly elected MLAs of Gujarat Assembly, on Monday, were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Speaker Vaju Vala.
The seven were declared elected by the Election Commission after conducting bypolls for the same on May 16.
The five who took oath at the chamber of the Assembly Speaker include Rajendrasinh Chavda from Himmatnagar of Sabarkantha district, Bavku Undhad from Lathi of Amreli district, Pankaj Mehta from Rapar of Kutch district, Jasha Barad from Somnath and Harshad Ribadiya from Visavadar of Junagadh district.
In the bypolls for the seven constituencies that were necessitated mainly due to defection of six sitting Congress MLAs into BJP, Congress could win three while BJP won four.
Secretary of the Gujarat Assembly D M Patel said that all the four BJP MLAs and Ribadiya of Congress were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Vala in his chamber on Monday.
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Other two MLAs of Congress, who are yet to take the oath, are former Leader of the Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil who got elected from Abdasa in Kutch and Anand Chaudhary from Mandvi in Surat. Assembly officials said that the two could take the oath any time as per their as well as the Speaker’s convenience.