VENKAIAH Naidu Assumes Office As India’s Vice President

August 12th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
VENKAIAH Naidu Assumes Office As India’s Vice President


M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday took over as the Vice President of India and presided over The Rajya Sabha before the Upper House was adjourned since die concluding the Monsoon Season. The Vice President is the Ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, also called the House of Elder. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office of the Vice President to Naidu at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcoming Naidu, his Ex-Cabinet Colleague,  as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha was happy to note that “people from a humble, rural background today occupy the highest positions in India.”Naidu, incidentally, is the son of a farmer from Andhra showed the “maturity of Indian democracy and the strength of India’s Constitution,” said PM Modi with obvious reference to his humble own background.Modi  sold tea at a stall in Gujarat when he was a young boy. He talked of how Mr Naidu, a farmer’s son, rose to hold top positions in government, always in touch with his roots. “I always felt that he touched more on villages and farmers …with a greater interest…it has been close to his heart.”Mr Naidu, the Prime Minister said, had risen from the grassroots and would lead Indian polity to greater heights, PM Modi said.
The inference was not lost on the Congress, for decades led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. “Rich and poor is not the question,” said the party’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House. There were many people, he said, in high posts who came from families of limited means, but added, “salute the society who made this possible but also those who were rich back then. Jawaharlal Nehru was a big lawyer; by today’s standards he might have been earning up to 10 crore a day. Gandhiji had a good family background, that is why he reached South Africa. But people like these sacrificed everything for the nation.”Opposition Leader in RS Ghulam Nabi Azad referred to Naidu’s experience as a parliamentarian and hoped that “the legacy of not allowing any Bill to be passed in a jiffy will continue. You as an MP and a minister have been witness to a custom, that everybody has the freedom to express themselves here. This is the forum given to us by our Constitution… MLAs are elected by crores and they send us here…So this House has a dual responsibility, towards the public and the state legislatures,” the Congress leader said.

The Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav said bills must not be passed amid shouting and chaos, and wished Naidu luck saying, “Hope after Vice President you will move to the next top post,” referring to post of President of India.




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