NEW DELHI: Calling it the maturity of the Indian democracy and strength of the Constitution that helps people from humble and rural background occupy the highest constitutional positions in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed vice president Venkaiah Naidu as Rajya Sabha chairman.
“It is for the first time that people at top constitutional posts are not from prosperous and rich background and that is the beauty of our democracy and 1.25 crore people are proud of it,” said Modi while referring to President Ram Nath Kovind and Naidu, both of whom are sons of farmers.
The prime minister also mentioned that Naidu is the first vice president born in independent India and has long experience, and is well-versed in the intricacies of parliamentary procedures. Recalling his long association with Naidu, the Prime Minister said he is always sensitive to the requirements of rural areas, the poor and the farmers, and his inputs on these issues have been of immense value.
However, leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad hit back at Modi, saying the contributions made by people from prosperous background should not be forgotten.
“There is no question of rich or poor. People like Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose among others came from very prosperous background but gave up everything in the service of the nation,” said Azad. Emphasising that the seat of the Rajya Sabha chairman calls for doing equal justice to all, Azad said the traditional practice of the House to not pass any bill in the din should be upheld in all circumstances.
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav also appealed to Naidu to ensure that the opposition is heard and given equal opportunity to raise matters of national concern. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien hoped that Naidu will continue with the practice of using acronyms and retain his sense of humour.
House adjourned sine die
The monsoon session of the Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday after 19 sittings that saw the passage of 14 legislations.
The Rajya Sabha session also came to an end after passing of nine bills and debates on several crucial issues.