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For first-time MPs,it was a day with a difference

For the first-time parliamentarians,the entry into the citadel of democracy was an experience worth cherishing.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | June 1, 2009 6:49:58 pm

They were “excited”,“overwhelmed” and looking forward to “learn” — for the first-time parliamentarians,the entry into the citadel of democracy was an experience worth cherishing.

But for the new Lok Sabha members,the day also heralded the emergence of a challenge — to deliver on the promises they have made to the people.

Agatha Sangma,the 28-year-old NCP MP from Meghalaya who is also the youngest minister in the Union Council,said the first day in Parliament was “very exciting”.

“The experience is very exciting and I am looking forward to work for my constituency and also for the country,” the daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma said.

Young Congress MP from Haryana Shruti Choudhury felt privileged to be in the Lok Sabha.

“It is overwhelming. It is also a great privilege and responsibility to be here,” said Choudhury,daughter of Haryana Tourism Minister Kiran Choudhury.

Kalikesh Singhdeo,the BJD MP who trounced sister-in-law Sangeeta Singhdeo from Bolangir in Orissa,said “it was challenging too,because now you will have to deliver.” Singhdeo’s constituency has frequently been in the news for wrong reasons like reports of poverty deaths and sale of children by impoverished parents. The MP,who belongs the royal family of Bolangir,said his first priority for his area will be livelihood issues and drinking water.

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