Lauding the efforts of outgoing Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Prof. PJ Kurien in conducting the proceedings of the House over the last few years, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu urged the ruling and opposition parties to ensure election of a worthy successor to Prof. Kurien, whose tenure comes to an end on Monday.
The Rajya Sabha Chairman hosted Kurien’s farewell at his official residence in New Delhi, where prominent leaders of several political parties were present.
“Prof. PJ Kurien has been a valued colleague and I will certainly miss him… He conducted the proceedings with passion and energy, always urging the Members to build consensus for effective Parliamentary functioning,” he said.
Calling him an “expert in tackling the difficult situations with composure and equanimity”, Mr. Naidu said he hoped the ruling and the opposition parties will find a suitable replacement for Prof. Kurien.
The election for the post of new Deputy Chairperson will be held soon in the coming session of the Parliament that begins from 18th July.
Responding to the felicitation, Prof. PJ Kurien said, “Both sides should sit together whenever there is an issue. One or two days of disruptions are OK and not beyond. Parliament is for debate, discussion and decision”.
He also urged the ruling and opposition members of the House to ensure minimisation of disruptions in the House.
“Chairman Shri Naidu is very sentimental about the functioning of the House. He feels bad when proceedings are disrupted. I thank all the Members for their support though the disruptions have increased in recent years for various reasons,” he said.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Ministers Ravi Shanker Prasad, Piyush Goyal and Vijay Goel, leaders of various parties including Dr. Subramaninan Swamy and Satyanarayan Jatiya of BJP, Bhubaneswar Kalita of Congress, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD), D. Raja (CPI), Manish Gupta (Trinamool Congress), A. Navaneethakrishnan and SR Balasubramaniyan of AIADMK and Vijaya Sai Reddy of YSRCP were among the leaders who attended the farewell to Prof. PJ Kurien.