Happy Birthday, Madam Speaker! MPs Serenade Sumitra Mahajan In Parliament

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Happy Birthday, Madam Speaker! MPs Serenade Sumitra Mahajan In Parliament

MPs sang 'Happy Birthday' to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Parliament today


New Delhi:  Here’s something you may not see every day. Members of Parliament cutting across party lines joined in to wish Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on her birthday today. At the beginning of the Parliament session this morning, the Speaker was greeted with applause as she walked in. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar addressed the Speaker on behalf of the MPs. Here's what he said: Aap swasth rahein, deerghaayu rahein, aur yashasvi rahein. Yehi prarthana karte hain. Yehi kaamna karte hain. Aur, aapke netratva mein, is sadan ka kaarykaal dhang se chale (We hope you remain healthy, have a long life and may you continue to prosper. We pray and wish that under your leadership, the House continues to function smoothly.)"

To this, the Speaker jokingly responded: "Daante rahein? Yeh to nahi kaha naa? Thank you (Keep scolding you? I hope you didn't wish for that). 



On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his wishes to the Speaker
 
A series of tweets from other ministers and politicians followed. Sumitra Mahajan was briefly trending on Twitter as well.
     
The Lok Sabha MP from Indore is the second woman to be elected Speaker of the Lok Sabha after Meira Kumar.​ She turns 73 today. 

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