Rajya Sabha bids farewell to 13 members
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 14:43
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Tuesday bade farewell to 13 of its members who would be completing their tenure next month with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joining Chairman Hamid Ansari in lauding their services.

Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley also extended his good wishes to the retiring members, some of whom have been re-elected.

Union ministers A K Antony, Anand Sharma and M S Gill are among the members completing their tenure. While Antony has been re-elected from Kerala, Congress has renominated Gill from Punjab. Sharma may also return to the house.

Others retiring are Silvius Condpan and Syeda Anwara Taimur (Assam), A Vijayaraghavan and Abdul Wahab Peevee (Kerala), Khekiho Zhimomi (Nagaland), Matilal Sarkar (Tripura) and Ashwani Kumar, Dharam Pal Sabharwal, Sarinder Singh Bajwa and Naresh Gujral (Punjab).

"This House will miss some of the familiar faces," Ansari said hoping the members will serve the people in other capacities with same vigour.

In his message, the Prime Minister said he has been a member of the Upper House for the last 19 years. It has a unique character and reflects the diversity of the country.

Jaitley said despite disagreement on several areas, the members had respect for each other.


First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 14:43

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