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Deepak Raj of Indian origin took oath for the post of MLA with hands on 'Bhagwad Gita'


  • Deepak Raj Gupta became the first Indian legislator in the Capital Territory Assembly
  • He told- I had already decided to take oath by laying hands on Bhagwad Gita, rules were seen before approval.

Chandigarh (Gaurav Bhatia). Deepak Raj Gupta, the first Indian-Australian member of the Australia Capital Territory (ACT) assembly, took oath on Tuesday with his hands on the Bhagavad Gita. Deepak, 30, visited Australia in 1989.

Deepak said, “I had already decided to take the oath by placing my hand on the Bhagavad Gita. The oath was taken through the Bible in the House of Australia. When I stated my wish, the officials of the assembly checked the rules that any member of other religions I can take the oath with the scripture. I was allowed after there was no restriction. I took a copy of the Bhagavad Gita with me. ” He later gifted the assembly as a souvenir to the Bhagavad Gita.

Bhai told – had to struggle a lot. Brother Colonel Anil Raj told, “Deepak struggled a lot in Australia. He also worked in car wash and restaurant. During this time, he also continued to study together. Deepak got the year 1991. I got a job as a public relations officer. After this, he got a government job as an executive officer in the Department of Defense. ”

Indian culture promoted

  • Anil said that he did not forget Indian culture even while living in Australia. He did many programs to promote Indian culture. Various festivals of India were celebrated in Canberra in which ministers were invited so that people could get to know more and more about the culture of India. Contributed to the construction of the temple and gurudwara. After this Deepak received the award for Multi Culture Advocate and Excellence Community Service.
  • Deepak was President of Australia-India Business Council from 2006 to 2016. This is the National Organization of Australia, which aims to increase trade in both countries.


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