first_imgCongress member Bhalchandra Mungekar, while hailing the Congress member Bhalchandra Mungekar, while hailing the vibrant democracy of India, compared it to Pakistan where people regret that they lacked such democratic vigour as they did not have a leader like BR Ambedkar. M S Gill said though he had served as Chief Election Commissioner as well as Secretary in Government of India, membership of Rajya Sabha has been the highest achievement for him. He said the youth watches the proceedings of Parliament and if MPs did not perform, the message would not be good. Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar said he was legally nominated to the House which startled many who tried hard to find lacunae in his induction. Aiyar said during his first visit to Parliament as a student in 1960 he had witnessed communist leader SA Dange lashing out at PM for dismissing EMS Namboodiripad government in Kerala, which he faced with silence and dignity. “Likewise, 36-year-old Atal Behari Vajpayee could call on PM in India in the middle of India-China war demanding debate… PM granted it and on November 8, 1962 listened to young Vajpayee,” he said. He regretted that such trdition was vanishing and that past six years had been disillusioning. Seeking restoration of such traditions, Aiyar said the talent in Rajya Sabha matches anywhere in the world. Aiyar said when he was bestowed with outstanding MP distinction in Lok Sabha despite being known for “notoreity”, he promised himself to abstain from sloganeering and going into the well. In lighter vein, he said he rarely made a speech when Chair was not obliged to expunge at least half-a-dozen words and added that he admired Chairman for his ability to cool down tempers running high in the House. MP from Karnataka and Punjab B Jayshree and Balwinder Singh said it was rich experience for them. Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP) apologised to members for any hurt he may have caused to them knowingly or unknowingly. Sharing the experiences she gained as a member, Bimla Kashyap Sood (BJP) suggested her colleagues to be present in the House all the time. She also urged members to “rise above party lines and caste-based politics” and support the Prime Minister to ensure the country progresses. K Balagopalan (CPM) recalled important passage of important bills including Lokpal and impeachement of former judget of Calcutta High Court Soumitra Sen among others The CPM leader also expressed concern over money bill route taken to pass certain important policies. “If money bill route comes often, existence of council of states will be in question. Both Opposition and government should discuss this issue,” he added. He also shared that the issues related to rubber farmers was raised many times in the House but remained unsolved. T N Seema (CPM) suggested the Upper House should be treated more importantly and called for more women participation in both Houses for which she sought passage of the bill for 50 per cent reservation. PTI LUX AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img

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