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Indian-Origin MP In Scottish Parliament Recites Sikh Prayer Before Oath

Pam Gosal with the Sikh scripture, the Gutka Sahib, in Scottish Parliament throughout her oath taking

New Delhi:

Pam Gosal, Scotland’s first girl MP of Indian-origin, recited a Sikh prayer earlier than taking oath in Parliament on Thursday. Ms Gosal, 49, can be one of many first two girls of color in Scottish Parliament, the opposite being Kaukab Stewart.

Ms Gosal, of the Scottish Conservatives, then took the oath in English swearing allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. She ended her oath or affirmation by taking blessings from the Sikh scripture, the Gutka Sahib.

The affirmation omits any non secular reference, and as an alternative states: “I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.” She repeated the identical.

“As the first female Sikh MSP I am humbled to have been able to read the Mool Mantar, a Sikh prayer before taking the oath as a Member of Scottish Parliament. I am excited to begin my journey as an MSP for @ScotTories make my community proud,” Ms Gosal tweeted.

It was the primary time a parliamentarian within the United Kingdom has learn from the Sikh scriptures inside Parliament.

“It’s a privilege to be the first female MSP elected to the Scottish Parliament from an Indian background. Thank you to everyone who’s supported me. Can’t wait to get to work for the people of the West of Scotland,” Ms Gosal stated in a tweet on May 9.

The Sikh parliamentarian was born in Glasgow and lived in Scotland most of her life. Ms Gosal entered politics when she contested the 2019 basic election for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party as a candidate for East Dunbartonshire. She is at present pursuing her doctorate diploma.

Ms Gosal can be the director of Conservative Friends of India Scotland (CFIS) – an organisation that  seeks to construct stronger hyperlinks between the Conservative Party and the British Indian neighborhood in Scotland.

Last week’s election noticed the Scottish National Party win a landslide victory.

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