Raina, who is an MLA from Noushera Assembly segment and head of state BJP youth wing, came upto the Speaker's chair and took oath in the name of Mata Vaishnodevi and said "I do
swear in the name of Mata Vaishnodevi".

CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami objected to him first and said there is a prescribed format for taking oath in the name of God (Ishwar).

"It was not provided to swear in the name of Vaishnodevi. The member can swear in the name of Ishwar," Tarigami argued.

Others from opposition, including National Conference and Congress, supported Tarigami over objection.

However, Protem Speaker Mohmmad Shafi intervened asking Raina to take oath in the name of God.

Raina tried to convince opposition members and said "I am a worshipper of Ma Vaishnodevi and consider her as my Ishwar".

He told the House that some people take oath in the names of Jesus and Allah, why can't he take the oath in the name of Mata Vaishnodevi.

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