'Shame, shame!': Opposition unites to lambast Ranjan Gogoi as ex-CJI takes oath in Rajya Saba; Congress, BSP stage walkout
Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi took take oath as Rajya Sabha member in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Even as he was being administered the oath, opposition members shouted 'shame' and 'deal' and later walked out in protest
New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took take oath as Rajya Sabha member on Thursday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Even as he was being administered the oath, opposition members shouted 'shame' and 'deal' and later walked out in protest against his appointment.
The former CJI was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind on 16 March.
Gogoi, who headed benches that pronounced several key judgements including in the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, was on Monday nominated to Rajya Sabha by the government. Gogoi also led the benches that ruled on Rafale fighter jet deal and entry of women in Sabarimala temple.
A notification announcing his nomination to the Upper House was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday night.
"In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Ranjan Gogoi to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated members," a notification issued by the home ministry said.
The vacancy was created due to retirement of KTS Tulsi.
Gogoi (65) retired as Chief Justice of India in November last year after a tenure of a little over 13 months. He will be the first former Chief Justice of India to be nominated to Rajya Sabha.
Uttar Pradesh sends 31 members to the Rajya Sabha. With 403 elected members in the state Assembly, a candidate will require at least 34 votes for victory
Former state Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam, who is the party's Villupuram district secretary and R Dharmar, former district secretary of Ramanathapuram and Mudukalathur panchayat union chairperson, have been named as the official candidates
Scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on 1 June. Candidates can withdraw their name till 3 June