“Do peo­ple who refuse to say ‘Vande Mataram’ and do not care about the coun­try have a right to live in the coun­try?”

India Today - - UPFRONT -

A first-time mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Odisha and ju­nior min­is­ter in the Modi gov­ern­ment, PRATAP CHAN­DRA SARANGI gave a rous­ing first ad­dress in Par­lia­ment. Picked to speak af­ter Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind’s ad­dress to both houses of Par­lia­ment in a joint ses­sion, Sarangi—whose ap­pear­ance and mod­est life­style made him a mi­nor so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion when he was in­ducted—lost lit­tle time in push­ing his prej­u­dices as well as of­fer­ing syco­phan­tic flat­tery of the prime min­is­ter. A win­ning com­bi­na­tion?

VIKRAM SHARMA

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