Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said he will bring past glory to Rajya Sabha allowing meaningful debates. He assured that he will uphold the dignity of August role of vice president and play the role Rajya Sabha chairman effectively.
“I can assure you that I will try to uphold the dignity and decorum of this responsibility given to me as Vice -President of India and chairman of the Rajya Sabha. I will strive to enhance the stature of the Rajya Sabha and restore its glory as a true House of the Elders.With the cooperation of members, I shall make the Rajya Sabha the Elders House that thinks and also makes people think,” Naidu said .
In his inimitable witty style, Naidu quipped, “I am retired (from active politics) but not tired.”
“In my 45-year-long political career, I have occupied several important positions and done justice to them with full dedication and commitment. As the vice president, I shall work with the same dedication and commitment and bring glory to the position,” he said.
Naidu was given a reception by AP CM Chandra Babu Naidu at state’s new administrative city Velagapudi in Amaravati. Governor, ESL Narasimhan, AP Assembly Speaker, members of Legislative assembly and Council attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the felicitation ceremony organised by Andhra Pradesh state government in Amaravati Naidu said legislative bodies should be a platform for healthy debates and discussions but not for disruption and hate.
He cautioned that democracy might fail if the legislative bodies did not discharge their functions properly.
“Legislative bodies — Parliament and (state) legislatures — have a high significance in a democracy. But now there is an amount of despondency and depression among people over the functioning of these institutions.
“People are slowly getting disillusioned by certain acts of certain people, irrespective of the party they belong to. This is not good for democracy,” the vice president noted.
“If the legislative bodies do not function properly, democracy will be weakened. There is also a threat of democracy failing,” he apprehended.
He also stressed on the need for legislative bodies becoming the fora for meaningful discussions and making purposeful legislations. They should push the country forward on a path of meaningful development, he said.
“The legislative bodies should act in such a manner that people should come to view them as ones enriching development and not blocking it. Going by whats happening in (village) panchayats, urban local bodies, state legislatures, and Parliament, people are anguished.
“There’s a sense of deprivation among people that the legislative bodies are not functioning as per their desires and want. We have to set this right.”
Vice President wished both the Telugu speaking states prosper and advised both the chief ministers to meet often to resolve issues if any in that endeavor. He suggested that both the chief ministers meet often and discuss issues with an open heart and resolve issues amicably.
‘Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana should not fight instead resolve issued and solve problems with debate and discussions,’ said the Vice President.
He recalled his participation in Jai Andhra movement in 1972 which had its genesis in Vijayawada and felt that both the Telugu states would have developed with giant strides by now if the state was bifurcated during the Jai Andhra movement itself.