Gangtok: Sikkim’s lone MP Indra Hang Subba won the hearts of the people of his state when he took oath as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha in his native Nepali language in Parliament on Tuesday. He is the youngest MP from the Himalayan state.
Nepali is listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution as an Indian language, with official status in the state of Sikkim, and spoken in other Northeast Indian states such as Assam and in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district.
The 30-year-old Parliamentarian dedicated his oath-taking in Nepali language to former Sikkim MP Dil Kumari Bhandari, who played a major role in the inclusion of Nepali language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
In his official Instagram account, Subba wrote: “It’s an honour to have taken oath in Nepali language. It wouldn’t have been possible if our former MP Dil Kumari Bhandari Madam and her colleagues then in Parliament had not put their sincere effort to include Nepali language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. She and her colleagues then in Parliament had a vision to see future MPs taking oath in Nepali in a dignified and proud manner. The vision is a reality today. I am immensely happy to become a part of the vision that was envisioned decades ago. Not the least, my sincere gratitude to the people of Sikkim, friends and colleagues in SKM party.”
Immediately after the oath-taking ceremony, Subba met newly-elected chief minister PS Golay and thanked him for his confidence and faith in him.
Subba hails from Hee Patal, a remote village in West Sikkim. He is a research scholar under Sikkim University. He is from the SKM, which won the recent Sikkim Assembly elections this year to form the new government.
Subba joined politics in May last year when he became a member of Hamro Sikkim Party founded by former Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia. He later joined SKM this year, a few months before the state elections took place on April 11.