New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha today bade farewell
to 51 of its members whose tenure will come to an end between
now and July.
Some of the well-known personalities retiring included
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, BJP Vice President Venkiah
Naidu, Najma Heptulla (BJP) and industrialist Rahul Bajaj.
AIADMK`s K Malaisamy, Tariq Anwar (NCP), Santosh Bagrodia
(Cong), Jaya Bachchan (SP), Oscar Fernandes (Cong) and S C
Mishra (BSP) are also retiring.
Expressing hope that many of the retiring members would
come back to the House, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley
(BJP) said even those who don`t come back would continue to
work as politicians never retire.
Apologising over the incidents on March 8 and 9 when the
Women`s Reservation Bill was passed, Nandkishore Yadav (SP),
who was suspended for the rest of the session for his unruly
behaviour, apologised. "I apologise for that day`s incident,"
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while commending the
contribution of retiring MPs, hoped that some of them would
come back but those who don`t come back, for them there were
many other avenues available in public life.
Recalling her 30-year association with the House,
Heptulla, who had been Deputy Chairperson for 17 years, urged
the Chairman to come out with a book on humour in the House.
S C Mishra (BSP) said his party`s power was increasing as
it will have 18 members in July against six when he joined
the House six years ago.