Retiring Rajya Sabha MPs felicitated in special ceremony

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Parliament Housing Building in New Delhi.

File Photo of Parliament Housing Building in New Delhi.

Despite continuing logjam in the Parliament over various political issues, Rajya Sabha members bid an affectionate farewell to retiring members at Parliament’s GMC Balayogi Auditorium Tuesday evening. A total of 86 retiring, retired and re-elected members were presented mementos on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the retiring members will continue to contribute actively to society with their vast knowledge of service in public life.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu also extended good wishes to the members and expressed hope that they would engage themselves in constructive public life after retirement.

Among the prominent members who were honoured were Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Prof. P.J. Kurien, Leader of House, Arun Jaitley, former deputy chairman K Rahman Khan, NCP leader DP Tripathi, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari and CPM’s CP Narayanan.

Wishing the retiring members, Prime Minister Modi said their parliamentary experience would be useful for the country’s development.

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu was also honoured on the occasion for holding the unique distinction of being the first person getting elected as vice-president when he was a Rajya Sabha member.

Term of 65 MPs ended this year out of which 19 have been re-elected. In 2017, 21 MPs retired including 7 who were re-elected to the Upper House. 3 MPs had retired in 2016. One third MPs retire from the Rajya Sabha every two years and their tenure is for 6 years.