The Rajya Sabha paid farewell to 60 retiring members, many of whose terms will come to an end in this session. Some members will retire in the months preceding next scheduled session, the Monsoon session. One-third members of the 245-MP house retires every two years.
The upper house, which till yesterday witnessed major disruptions on the issue of PNB fraud, Andhra Pradesh special status, Cauvery water dispute and others, on Wednesday saw members making their farewell speech.
All the retiring members made their brief farewell speech on Wednesday. Deputy Chairpersn PJ Kurien was also among the retiring members this session, though his term comes to end on July 1.
Chairman Naidu, in his opening remarks, wished the retiring members and acknowledged their contribution in the house all these years.
Even the continued disruptions found a mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech. He said they would not be able to participate in debates when the House decides on important bills such as the one which seeks to criminalise the practise of instant triple talaq.
In his brief speech, Modi said that outgoing members must have prepared speeches on important issues so that their contribution is remembered. But they could not do so. He said the responsibility of smooth functioning lies not only with the opposition but also with the government.
The Rajya Sabha is a distinguished House with eminent members serving here, the Prime Minister said. He said the House plays a vital role in India’s democracy. He, however, did not use terms such as din, disruptions in his speech.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad too paid farewell to his colleagues, saying he have had a long association with many retiring members across the house and will certainly feel their absence.
(With inputs from PTI)