Retiring members expect Parliament to function
New Delhi: Bidding emotional adieu, retiring members in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday chose it an opportune moment to highlight that peaceful functioning of Parliament was paramount for survival of the Indian democracy.
Chairman Hamid Ansari, before adjourning the House sine die, extended heartfelt thanks to eight retiring members including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose term comes to an end on June 14, for their "significant contributions" to the Rajya Sabha.
Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley said though the Prime Minister is retiring, he was quite "sure" that this will only be a technicality and he will be coming back to the House to "guide us".
Emotional members, one after another, recalled their association with the House while expressing concern over frequent disruptions in the functioning of Parliament.
Senior CPI-M leader D Raja said, "We are a democracy, vibrant democracy, largest participatory democracy ... If Parliament fails, entire democracy fails."
He said, "We should strive for meaningful function of Parliament, whatever be the issue. Our term comes to an end. It has been a sad occasion because Parliament could not function."
Kanimozhi (DMK) said, "Whenever my turn came to ask a question, Parliament was not functioning."
She also said that at least on the day of retirement, members were able to hear each other while recalling as to how people outside used to comment as to what was the need for going to Parliament which did not function.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Exclusive: Chat with 'Jazbaa' stars Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan Khan!
- Delhi government to add environment tax in electricity bill
- AAP govt suggests four-fold hike in MLAs salaries
- Shaheed Express train's freight coach catches fire on Ludhiana railway station
- DNA: Indian Army's 'Phantom Guns’ to defend border with Pakistan
- India vs South Africa 2015: 3rd T20I - Preview
- Modi govt turns down IAF's request for more foreign fighter planes, pushes for Made-in-India Tejas
- Indrani Mukerjea back in jail; claims did not take pills, was upset because of mother's death
- Unbelievable! Crops destroyed for Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's rally in Karnataka
- Asaduddin Owaisi's brother Akbaruddin in trouble over poll speech, arrest warrant issued