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A Lok Sabha of contrasts!

Last updated on: June 04, 2014 16:11 IST

It was a changed scenario in the new Lok Sabha with the churning brought out by the elections throwing in contrasts.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in full strength on the Treasury benches, Congress was a decimated lot on the Opposition with just 44 members, its lowest tally ever.

Amid thumping of desks, Modi walked into the Lok Sabha as the victor closely followed by senior BJP leader L K Advani.

Modi greets Sonia

Clad in an off-white kurta, Modi greeted the members with a smile before going around the front rows and exchanged pleasantries with the members.

As he reached the Congress benches, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was walking into the aisle. Both greeted each other with folded hands.

The prime minister shook hands with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was heard congratulating Modi.

The seating arrangement also reflected the change of guard at the Centre as BJP has secured a majority on its own in the 16th Lok Sabha, a feat achieved by any party for the first time after 1984.

BJP patriarch Advani was seated next to Modi being chairman of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

Joshi, Paswan, Naidu, Swaraj, Rajnath occupy the first bench

The front bench next to them was occupied by five leaders -- Murli Manohar Joshi, Ram Vilas Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party chief), M Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh. Nitin Gadkari, a former BJP chief, was sitting in the second row.

In the Opposition benches, the first row was occupied by Leader of the Congress party in the House Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, M Veerappa Moily and K H Muniyappa.

Rahul and Varun backbenchers

Rahul Gandhi and Varun Gandhi sat in the back benches on their respective sides.

Those occupying front rows on the Opposition side included Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sudip Bandyopadhyay (Trinamool Congress), Arjun Charan Sethi (Biju Janata Dal) and M Thambidurai (AIADMK) occupied front rows.

Before the House assembled, Home Minister Rajnath Singh walked around the front rows and greeted the members.

Three members in saffron robes

While the BJP had only one member in saffron robes -- Yogi Adityanath -- in the last Lok Sabha, this time there were at least three members who were clad in similar robes.

Prominent members, parties missing

The new House missed many of its previous members who had made a mark in Parliament. They include CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta who did not contest this time, CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia who lost out to Moon Moon Sen of Trinamool Congress, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh.

The BSP and DMK, which had sizeable numbers in the previous House, has no representation this time, as also National Conference and Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Image: A videograb showing PM Modi and LK Advani mourning the death of Gopinath Munde in Parliament on Wednesday

Photo: PTI

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