On his last day as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, M Venkaiah Naidu said that his last advice to MPs was not only to maintain the dignity of Parliament but also to ensure that democratic principles were upheld and upheld.
A champion of mother tongue and Indian languages, Naidu said that he has initiated the process to ensure that all speeches and proceedings of Parliament are made available as process in all languages.
“The entire world is watching India…. Keeping that in mind, I appeal to members of Rajya Sabha, and to those going to come to this House in future, to maintain decency, dignity and decorum so that the image and respect of the House are maintained and people will be receptive to show us, to hear us, and also to follow our advice,” he said. “This is my advice to all of you.”
“…try to do your bit while committing yourself to your ideological line, but see to it that the democratic principles and standards set by our great men are followed.”
Recalling the day he was “selected to be the Vice President of India”, an emotional Naidu said: “…when the Prime Minister and the then president of the party, to which I belong, told me in the Parliamentary Board meeting that I was being selected, I was in tears. I did not ask for this. But…as a disciplined soldier of the party…I obliged and resigned from the party. There were tears not because of my shirking the responsibility but because I had to leave the party, which had given me all this.”
Stating that he did his best to maintain the dignity of the House and allow all the people on both sides to speak, Naidu said the debate and discussion should continue. We are all working in our own way (in politics). We are not the enemy; We are rivals. We should work hard to beat each other like competitors, but not let each other down. This is my last advice to you all,” he said.