11 August, New Delhi
The Rajya Sabha Friday welcomed its new Chairman M Venkiah Naidu, who took over the charge today.
Congratulating him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Naidu has arisen from grass root and will lead Indian polity to greater heights.
He said Naidu, who was born into a farmer’s family in independent India, has come to hold high office from his long experience in Parliament.
Modi also recalled Mr Naidu’s active participation in students’ movement and the nation-wide agitation led by Jai Prakash Narain. The Prime Minister said the concept of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was Naidu’s initiative.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the selection of Mr Naidu as Chairman is the victory of country’s democracy and the Constitution. He recalled that Mr Naidu was very much active in public life since his student days.
Azad reminded that the tradition of not passing any bill during din, should be followed. Ramgopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party also lauded Naidu’s long experience in public life.
Navneetha Krishnan of AIADMK said Naidu has ability to connect the people of every region of the country. Derek O Brien of TMC expressed the hope that the new Chairman will not allow the passage of any bill in din.