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Ram Vilas Paswan takes oath as Rajya Sabha member

File photo: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Photograph:( PTI )

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 01, 2019, 02.57 PM (IST)

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who has been elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar, took oath as a member of the Upper House on Monday.

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief, a nine-term Lok Sabha member, was elected unopposed for his second term as a Rajya Sabha member in a by-poll necessitated by the resignation of his cabinet colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad.

BJP's Prasad won Lok Sabha election from Patna Sahib constituency of Bihar in the recently-concluded national elections.

Paswan has been assigned the portfolio of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution for the second time in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

Newly elected BJP MP Ashwini Baishnab also took as a Rajya Sabha member.

He was elected unopposed from Odisha. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu administered the oath to both the members.