Rajya Sabha Chairman and outgoing Vice-President, M Venkaiah Naidu, on Sunday sought the cooperation of all members of the House to ensure a good Monsoon session of Parliament as a parting gift to him.
A record 41 leaders and ministers attended an all-party meeting convened by Naidu at his residence, who assured him of their support and lauded his efforts for bringing discipline and order in the Upper House, sources said. Opposition leaders listed 16 issues ahead of the session on Monday.
VP Venkaiah Naidu participates in grand celebration of Yoga Day in Hyderabad Naidu, recalling the functioning of the House during the last 13 full sessions that he presided over, said he was making one last request to uphold the dignity and decorum of the ‘House of Elders’, the sources said. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and others placed on record their appreciation of Naidu’s efforts for effective functioning of the House during the last five years. Some leaders particularly referred to Naidu’s concern for orderly conduct and discipline in the Rajya Sabha. He noted that “the disciplinary actions taken, including suspension of some members, were all part and parcel of the functioning of the House, but the leaders and members would remember for long the personal affection shown to them by Naidu”. Several leaders also recalled the efforts made by Naidu to give more and more opportunities to members by streamlining the conduct of the Question Hour, Zero Hour and Special Mentions and debates, and his commitment to promote the use of mother tongue. As the all-party meeting was turning into a farewell for Naidu, Leader of the House Piyush Goyal said it was a bit premature to do so as he was to preside over one full session and a formal farewell would be held in the House. Goyal further said that as mentioned by some other leaders, “all sections of the House would work together to present a befitting farewell to Chairman Shri Naidu in the form of a productive Monsoon session”.