PM Modi praises Venkaiah Naidu for efficient functioning of Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday bid farewell to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in the Rajya Sabha, lauding the way the Upper House of Parliament functioned during tough times and taking it to new heights of productivity.

The electoral college has elected NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar as the vice-president, who will now be the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Modi praised Naidu for his “smart, intelligent and firm conduct of the House” and for holding the firm belief that beyond a point, disruption in the House amounts to contempt of the House. “I see the maturity of democracy in your standards,” an official statement quoted the prime minister’s speech in the Rajya Sabha as saying.

Modi appreciated the adjustment, communication and coordination with which Naidu kept the House running even in difficult moments. The statement said Modi praised Naidu’s idea, “Let the government propose, let the opposition oppose and let the House settle.” “This House has the right to accept, reject or amend the resolutions of the Second House, but our democracy does not envisage withholding the resolutions received from the Second House,” Modi was quoted as saying in the statement.

The Prime Minister said that the systems established by Naidu and his leadership led the House to record productivity. “During the years of the Vice President’s leadership, the productivity of the House increased by 70%, the attendance of members increased, and a record 177 bills were passed or discussed. You have taken so many decisions that lead to an upward journey of the Upper House. Will be remembered,” according to the statement quoting Modi.

Modi also said that Naidu always encouraged young members in the House. “As our vice president, you devoted a lot of time to youth welfare. Many of your programs focused on youth power,” Modi said in his speech.

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